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Borssele 3 and 4 Offshore Wind Farm  – SEO Brochure

Also known as BWFS III and BWFS IV, the Borssele 3&4 Offshore Wind Farm site is expected to be constructed and operated with a subsidy of just €0.3 billion (a massive saving when compared to the originally anticipated figure of €5 billion). The wind farm will be built by Shell, Van Oord, Eneco and Mitsubishi/DGE.

Borssele 3&4 offshore wind farms are located 22 kilometres out to sea from the coast of Zeeland in The Netherlands

The 93, V164-8.0MW MHI Vestas turbines are expected to generate more than 3,200 GWh per annum, the equivalent of the electricity required by approximately 825,000 households. The Borssele project is an important component of The Netherlands push to eliminate fossil fuel usage from its domestic energy grid.

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Shell Wind

Shell Wind won the product during the SDE+ tender. They are a member of the Blauwind II consortium.


Van Oord

Van Oord are one of the four members in the Blauwind II consortium of owners that won part ownership of the project during the competitive SDE+ tender.



Eneco also part own the project. They are part of Blauwind II and won the partnership during the tender.


Diamond Generating Europe

Diamond Generating Europe are the final of four owners of Borssele 3 & 4. they are the final company in the consortium.


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Borssele 3 and 4: Catching the wind

Dutch efforts to build renewable energy’s contribution to the national grid by 2023 through harnessing wind energy are gathering almost gale force momentum, and the country is reaping the rewards in terms of both energy generation and fiscal savings. Bridget Monk reports on how the Borssele offshore wind farms, and particularly BWFZ 3 and 4, have given credence to the Dutch Economic Affairs Ministry’s claims that the Netherlands is becoming a leading force in offshore wind energy in Europe.

The Netherlands is keeping abreast of its target of using offshore wind power to add a further 3,500 MW to the national grid, thereby increasing its chances of bringing the nation’s renewable energy share to 16 per cent by 2023, as prescribed in the Dutch House of Assembly’s 2013 National Energy Agreement. It is also enjoying billions of euros in savings on its estimated subsidy development costs, with the two Borssele wind farms breaking and setting world records for low-cost wind farm development.

Lowest bid so far for a wind farm

With the grant and 15-year licence for BWFZ 3 and 4 awarded in December of 2016, only a few months after the BWFZ 1 and 2 auction, the massive (1400 MW in total) Borssele wind energy project is well on its way to being operational off the coast of Zeeland well before 2023.

The tender for Borssele 3 and 4 was won by the mostly Dutch consortium, Blauwwind II CV, which knocked a massive €4.7 billion off the ceiling cost of €5 billion imposed by the Dutch Government. Thanks to the consortium’s bid, the government is left facing a comparatively paltry €0.3 billion in subsidies – the lowest cost for a wind farm of its magnitude so far.

The consortium’s successful tender for BWFZ 3 and 4 came in with €54.5 per MWh, excluding the cost of connection to the grid, which falls under the auspices of the state-owned energy body, TSO TenneT.

In so doing, Blauwwind II CV brought the subsidy level down further still, from what was considered the lowest price ever just a few months before – the €72.7 per MWh bid which sealed BWFZ 1 and 2 for the Danish energy company, DONG, in July 2016. That bid shaved €2.7 billion off the maximum allocated by the Dutch Government.

The consortium’s bid on BWFZ 3 and 4 led Dutch Economic Affairs Minister, Henk Kamp, to say:  “If the electricity price develops as we expect, in 7.5 years’ time subsidies will no longer be required for the production of electricity from offshore wind farms.”

Borssele 3 and 4

The BWFZ 3 and 4 wind farm is the second out of a total of five 700 MW offshore wind farms the Dutch Government plans as part of its current wind energy generation program for the North Sea. Together, the five projects are expected to power over five million households by generating 3,500 MW of electricity. This will be added to the 957 MW generated by existing offshore wind farms, and those already under development in the Netherlands. This should bring the total to 4457 MW before 2023 – 7 MW more than the amount required in terms of the National Energy Agreement.

The wind farm will be made up of 93 MHI Vestas V164 Turbines, each with 8 MW capacity and a blade diameter of 164 metres.

Once up and running, BWFZ 3 and 4 is expected to power more than half a million homes, while reducing carbon dioxide by over a million tonnes and sulphur dioxide by a little under 25,000 tonnes each year.

The wind farm will cover a 122 square kilometre area, located 21km off the Zeeland coastline. The water depth of between 14m and 38m, and the wind speed averages at 10.21 metres per second, classifies it as an area with a fresh breeze with moderate waves and some spray.

Team of giants take on the wind

The winning consortium, Blauwwind II CV, was registered in Rotterdam in late September last year. It brings together the standards, resources and interests of international energy giant Royal Dutch Shell; Dutch land reclamation and maritime engineering company, Van Oord; Eneco and Diamond Generating Europe (a subsidiary of Mitsubishi).

Three of these are long-standing companies in the Netherlands, all tracing their Dutch roots back more than a century.

  • Royal Dutch Shell can tie its full Dutch connection to the merger in 1907 between the Royal Dutch Petroleum Company and the British Shell Transport and Trading Company, though the original Royal Dutch PC, the major interest in the group, goes back to 1890.

One of the leading oil and gas forces in the world, Shell last year started a New Energies Division indicating the company’s intention to invest in renewable, non-carbon energy.

  • Van Oord was founded as long ago as 1868, but the Dutch land reclamation and dredging company has spread its wings since those 19th Century beginnings. Not surprisingly, its gamut of activities has also grown. Now the Dutch company has taken on major contracts all over the world, encompassing new areas in marine engineering, as well as offshore projects such as wind, gas and oil.
  • Eneco is another Dutch company that has grown from roots based in the 19th Now holding a leading international position in the generation, storage, use, and sharing of sustainable energy, Eneco’s approach is two-fold, aimed at both the generation and supply of green energy, as well as at enabling people to take control of their own energy needs.

The fourth company in the consortium, Diamond Generating Europe Limited, is the Mitsubishi Corporation’s power-producing operation which covers the EU and extends its influence to cover neighbouring countries, the Middle East and Africa. This subsidiary focuses on new energy resources, as well as expanding its existing power generation activities.

Getting the power to Dutch homes

TenneT, the national electricity transmission operator in the Netherlands, is to take over the grid connection of all four Borssele wind sites. One offshore platform services the two wind sites in each of the two Borssele wind farms. The 700 MW of energy generated by BWFS 3 and 4’s 93 turbines (and another 700MW from the BWFS 1 and 2 farm) will be transformed from 66kV to 220 kV by TenneT on one of two shared platforms, before being transported to the mainland. The Beta Platform, which will service energy from BWSF 3 and 4, is scheduled to go into operation in 2020.

The current will be delivered from the platform to the shore through two 61 kilometre long export cables routed through the Western Scheldt estuary. The cables will reach land near the existing high-voltage Borssele land sub-station, which has been modified to handle the load, and be finally delivered to the sub-station using 220kV underground cables. At the Borssele sub-station, the voltage will be converted to 380 kV for distribution on the Dutch national grid.

Royal Boskalis subsidiary VBMS, which landed the contract for the cabling from Borssele Alpha (BWFZ 1 and 2 platform), has been granted the same contract for BWFZ 3 and 4’s Beta platform, pending financial close.

BWFZ’s impact on wind energy

The size, potential, and even the cost of the BWFZ sites, has sent ripples through the offshore wind energy industry, blowing a new breath of life into the way this renewable energy is viewed. As stated by Minister Henk, the result of the recent BWFZ auctions “brings the government’s aim for renewables to compete with fossil fuels without subsidy within reach.”


Également connu sous le nom de BWFS III et BWFS IV, le Parc éolien en mer de Borssele de 3 et 4 qui est placé à 22 kilomètres de la côte de Zeeland aux Pays-Bas, devrait être construit et exploité avec une subvention de 0,3 milliard d’euros seulement ( ce qui représente une énorme économie par rapport au chiffre initiale à savoir  5 milliards d’euros). il sera construit par Shell, Van Oord, Eneco et Mitsubishi / DGE.

Les turbines 93, V164-8.0MW MHI Vestas sont prévues pour générer plus de 3.200 GWh par an, l’équivalent de l’électricité requise par environ 825 000 ménages. Le projet Borssele est un composant important des Pays-Bas pour éliminer l’utilisation de combustibles fossiles à partir  du système de grille pour stockage de l’énergie domestique.


وتقع محطة الرياح البحرية بورسيل 3 و 4 على بعد 22 كيلومترا إلى البحر من ساحل زيلاند في هولندا وتعرف بإسم   WFS III و BWFS والتي من المتوقع أن يتم بناؤها وتشغيلها بدعم من 0.3 مليار يورو فقط مما يعتبر توفير كبير بالمقارنة مع الرقم المتوقع ألا وهو 5 مليار يورو. وسيتم  بناء مزرعة الرياح من قبل “شل، فانورد، إينيكو وميتسوبيشي / دج”. Van Oord, Eneco and Mitsubishi/DGE Shell,

ومن المنتظر أن تولد التوربينات من طراز “في فيستاس”  Vestas 93، V164-8.0MW، أكثر من 3200 جيجاواط في الساعة سنويا ، أي ما يعادل الكهرباء المطلوبة من قبل حوالي 825،000 أسرة. و ويعتبر مشروع بورسيل عنصرا هاما من أهداف هولندا الرامية إلى القضاء على استخدام الوقود الحفري من شبكة الطاقة المحلية.


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