Swedish firm Vattenfall has been awarded a permit for a zero-subsidy offshore windfarm in the Nertherlands. The Hollandse Kust Zuid development in the Dutch North Sea will produce between 700 and 750 Megawatts of electricity, enough to power up to 1.5 million homes. The Netherlands’ government is among the first to offer a so-called zero subsidy tender for wind power. Only bids which required no government support could compete for the tenders. Vattenfall beat Statoil and Innogy of Germany to the award, with its subsidiary Nuon to build and operate the windfarm. It is expected for completion in 2022. Vattenfall is also behind the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre off the coast of Aberdeen.
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Offshore energy titans are vying for a Government support package worth hundreds of millions of pounds with both renewable power and fossil fuel industries making a case for a “sector deal”. The offshore wind industry will kick start its bid for a “transformative” partnership with the Government on Tuesday by promising to attract £48bn in investment by 2030 and more than double the generating capacity in UK waters. An offshore wind boom from 13GW to 30GW by the end of the next decade could meet a third of the UK’s demand for electricity while growing the offshore wind workforce from 11,000 to 27,000, according to Renewable UK. Ministers are also under pressure to offer a sector deal to the North Sea oil and gas industry which employs hundreds of thousands of workers and expects investment to hit £5bn in this year alone.
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