TenneT, the Dutch transmission system operator, intends to develop a $31.5 billion tender plan and contract partners for the construction of land and sea connections for 40 GW of offshore wind capacity in the German and Dutch North Sea. TenneT will be responsible for at least two-thirds of this target, connecting 20 GW of capacity in each of the German and Dutch North Seas.
Reportedly, the company intends to enter into an eight-year cooperation agreement with key market partners. The announcement comes after the governments of Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, and Belgium committed to installing at least 65 GW of offshore capacity by 2030 at the North Sea Energy Summit in May 2022.
In January 2022, TenneT announced that it would launch tenders for the development of grid connections with a transmission capacity of 2 GW. The project would ensure supporting infrastructure for the upcoming offshore wind projects in Europe. Under the first tender, transmission infrastructure for at least two projects would be developed in the Ijmuiden Ver wind area in the Netherlands, which will be operational in 2028 and 2029.