(Repeats Dec. 12 item)
LONDON Dec 13 A consortium led by Royal Dutch
Shell beat 26 other bids for a contract to build 700
megawatts of offshore wind capacity, the Dutch government said
as it announced plans for a further seven wind farms to be built
in the next decade.
Contractors Eneco, Van Oord and Mitsubishi/DGE are Shell's
partners in the consortium to build in the Borssele III and IV
wind areas, which promised the Netherlands' lowest-ever strike
price of 54.50 euro cents per megawatt-hour.
Speaking to reporters in Rotterdam, economic affairs
minister Henk Kamp said intense competition, low interest rates
and high existing capacity had helped keep prices low - a state
of affairs he expected to continue.
"In the future, the North Sea could very well be crowded
with wind turbine parks," he told reporters after announcing the
plans for further deep-water wind farm developments.
Earlier this year, the Dutch government awarded a contract
to build 700 megawatts of capacity in the Borssele I and II wind
areas to Denmark's Dong Energy, offering a strike
price of 72.70 euro cents.
While low, the price is not quite as keen as the 49.90 cents
achieved by Denmark in a recent wind project, though that park
was being constructed in technically less difficult shallower
The low strike price means the government expects to pay
subsidies of only 300 million euros ($319 million) for the
development for seven and a half years, far less than the 5
billion it had planned for.
The precise location of the new wind park has not yet been
($1 = 0.9400 euros)
(Reporting by Toby Sterling; Writing by Thomas Escritt; Editing
by David Clarke and Adrian Croft)