The CrossWind consortium, a collaboration between Shell and Eneco, will build and operate the third subsidy-free wind farm in the Dutch North Sea in the coming years, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate reported on Wednesday. The wind farm will be located approximately 18 kilometers off the coast of North Holland.
The wind farm that is yet to be built has a capacity of over 750 megawatts and will consist of 69 wind turbines, each with a capacity of 11 megawatts. Most of the wind turbines are more than 1 kilometer apart.
The wind farm is part of a whole series of wind farms that will provide Dutch households with sustainable energy in the coming years. With the arrival of the Shell and Eneco wind farm in 2023, offshore wind energy will account for 16 percent of total Dutch electricity demand and 3.3 percent of total Dutch energy demand.
In 2023, there will be a minimum of 4.5 gigawatts of wind turbines at sea. This means that the goal of the energy agreement for offshore wind energy is expected to be achieved within budget and planning, the ministry writes.
The number of wind farms will only increase further after 2023. The government expects to have 11 gigawatts of wind farms at sea by 2030. These then provide 8.5 percent of all Dutch energy and 40 percent of our current electricity consumption.