Eneco announced earlier this week that it has sold already most of the future power from the 731.5 MW Borssele 3 & 4 offshore wind farm before start of construction. Eneco secured a 15-year Power Purchase Agreement for half of the power generated by the offshore wind farm. The energy company signed long-term contracts with Microsoft, Stedin, DSM and Royal Schiphol Group.
The contracts comprise a total of 1.5 TWh, which is the equivalent of the energy consumption of around 400,000 households. Borssele 3 & 4 is expected to produce its first electricity in 2021. The generated electricity will be used to power Microsoft’s Dutch data centers, the Dutch branches of DSM and the airport of the Royal Schiphol Group. Grid operator Stedin will use the electricity to absorb part of its network losses.
Borssele 3 & 4, to rise off the coast of Vlissingen in the province of Zeeland, is a project by Blauwwind, a consortium of Partners Group (45%), Shell (20%), DGE, a fully owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corporation, (15%), Eneco Group (10%) and Van Oord (10%). Borssele 3 & 4 will comprise 77 MHI Vestas, type V164 9.5 megawatt (MW) turbines. The main construction work is due to start in the fourth quarter of 2019. The other half of the energy production will be purchased by Shell.
In the below video (in dutch) Stedin, Microsoft, DSM and Royal Schiphol Group explain. Source: Eneco