BLIX congratulates Eneco and Shell, as they won the permit for Kavel VI of Hollandse Kust West and therefore set an important benchmark in the history of offshore wind.

The Hollandse Kust (west) wind farm zone has a capacity of 756 MW, consists of 54 wind turbines, and is located 53 km off the Dutch coast. For the first time, ‘ecology’ was included as an additional criterion in the assessment of the permit applications. As the biodiversity of the North Sea is of great importance, the aim of the tender was to build an offshore windfarm with as little impact as possible on nature and environment. The winning bid included the placement of reef structures, widely spaced wind turbines (so that birds can fly between them safely) and various piling techniques that minimize the harm to marine habitats.

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