The Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs has awarded the concession to build and operate the Borssele 1 and 2 offshore wind farms.

Denmark-headquartered DONG Energy won the concessions with an average bid price, excluding transmission costs of €72.70 per MWh during the first 15 years after which Dong will receive the market price.

DONG Energy will build Borssele 1 and 2 within the next four years with a flexibility of one year.

The capacity of the two wind farms will each be 350MW will translate into the supply of CO2-free electricity covering the annual power consumption of approximately 1 million Dutch households.

Borssele 1 and 2 will be owned by DONG Energy and use monopile foundations for the turbine towers. The wind farms will be located 22km from the coast of the Dutch province of Zeeland with a water depth of 14-38m. They will cover an area of 128.3km2 and benefit from an annual average wind speed of 9.5m/s. The Dutch offshore grid operator, TenneT, will be responsible for the construction, operation and ownership of the substations and the export cable for the farms.

By Dag Pike