DUTCH GOVERNMENT ASSESSING TENDER BIDS INNOVATION SITE BORSSELE V
Dutch government assessing tender bids innovation site Borssele V
Borssele V, located in the centre of the Borssele windfarm zone, is an innovation site that will be used to test new technologies for offshore wind. As such, this is a very different tender procedure than ‘Hollandse Kust Zuid I&II’, which closed a couple of weeks earlier. The Borssele V tender was open from the 2nd to the 18th of January 2018 and applications could be submitted for subsidies and a permit.
The government offers a subsidy both for the production of electricity and for the higher investment costs. The operation subsidy depends on the produced output and has a maximum of 44 million euro. The investment subsidy is related to the investment costs of Borssele site III and depends on the size of the company.
The government has four main goals for this tender procedure. Firstly, the Dutch government would like to encourage testing and demonstrating advanced offshore wind technology. Also, they want to contribute to cost reduction of wind energy and promote the market expansion and (export) potential for Dutch companies. Finally, they would like to accelerate knowledge building by involving Dutch SME’s and institutions.
The bids will be ranked according to four criteria:
- The contribution to cost reduction of offshore wind farms
- The contribution to the Dutch economy
- The degree of innovation relative to international standards of research and technology and strengthening of the Dutch knowledge position
- The quality of the product itself based on: approach/method, risk handling, feasibility, participating parties, effectiveness/efficiency of resource deployment.
All in all, this tender is very innovative by itself and like the zero-bid tender, focuses mainly on quality. The bids are being reviewed and a winner will be selected to install one or two wind turbines with a total capacity between 6 and 20 MW. This means we might expect two announcements by the Dutch government on tenders next month, as the winner in the tender procedure for ‘Hollandse Kust Zuid I&II’ is expected to be announced in March.