Hitachi Energy/Petrofac has been awarded five Dutch projects that will be connected in Borssele (IJmuiden Ver Alpha, Nederwiek 1), Eemshaven (Doordewind 1 and Doordewind 2) and Geertruidenberg or Moerdijk (Nederwiek 3). This partnership will also realise the German connection LanWin5 that will be connected in Rastede.
GE/SMOP has been awarded three Dutch projects that will be connected in Maasvlakte, Rotterdam (IJmuiden Ver Beta, IJmuiden Ver Gamma and Nederwiek 2).
GE/McDermott will execute the German projects BalWin4 and LanWin1 that will be connected in Unterweser.
TenneT expects that the projects BalWin3, LanWin4 (both connecting to the onshore grid in Wilhemshaven) and LanWin2 (connecting in Heide) will soon be awarded. The awarded suppliers will start preparatory work for the realisation of the projects with immediate effect to ensure that all projects can be delivered until 2031. The total volume of the eleven orders is approximately 23 billion euros.
Tim Meyerjürgens, COO TenneT said, “TenneT has the technical know-how, scale and geographical position to connect wind energy from the North Sea. This is one of the most important infrastructure projects of the century; the green transformation of the energy system is key for the decarbonisation of industry.
"Together with our market partners we are very proud to have achieved another important milestone. Together we secure decisive acceleration of the offshore grid development and set the course for the future European energy landscape.”
Philippe Piron, CEO GE Grid Solutions, said, "Together with our consortium partners Sembcorp and McDermott, we are honoured and pleased to play a key role in this critical infrastructure project for European energy security and decarbonisation. These awards confirm that GE’s Voltage-Sourced Converter HVDC technology is now recognised as one of the most advanced in the world."
Marco Kuijpers, Director Large Projects Offshore TenneT said, “The new long term approach goes hand in hand with a fundamental change in values towards a strong partnership. This approach enables both sides with more flexibility, technological progress, and planning security.
"This benefits all parties and secures employment, growth, and the strengthening of supply chains. We can already see that our partners invest in extra resources and facilities.”
With its 2GW Program, TenneT has developed the global offshore standard in cooperation with leading global suppliers. This new standard combines TenneT’s extensive expertise in offshore grid development with a unique transnational approach. With its strong focus on harmonization and standardization, it provides a blueprint for future offshore grid connection systems and enables faster deployment. At the same time, the larger capacity of two gigawatts per system reduces the number of grid connections required. The 2GW Program sets a new pace for the European energy transition. It will provide Europe and its inhabitants with more green energy in a safe and cost-effective way – all with the lowest possible environmental impact.