In 2018, all political parties in the Danish Parliament entered into an energy agreement to ensure the green transition and provide security for long term investments. As part of the agreement, the parties decided to establish three new large-scale offshore wind farms before 2030, which will expand the supply of energy from offshore wind by at least 2,400 MW. The first of the three wind farms to be tendered is Thor Offshore Wind Farm. Please see the elaborate description in section II.2.4) and the tender documents at the website referred to in section I.3). Reference is also made to the prior information notice on this tender no. 2020/S 064-152011 published 31 March 2020.

Extended TitleThor Offshore Wind Farm Tender
Extended Description

The tender concerns a concession for the Thor Offshore Wind Farm, which will be located in the North Sea west of Thorsminde by Nissum Fjord at a distance of minimum 20 km from the shore and with a capacity of min. 800 MW and max. 1 000 MW. The concession owner of Thor Offshore Wind Farm will receive subsidies in the form of a price premium for a 20-year period. The subsidies will be granted in accordance with a CfD-scheme designed for this tender. It is a two- way CfD with caps on both the Danish State’s payment to the concession owner and the concession owner’s payment to the Danish State, which will prevent that neither one carries the full risk of the electricity price developing fundamentally different from the forecast. For a more in-depth description of the subsidy scheme please see annex 3.9 of the tender material at the website referred to in section I.3). Preliminary timetable for the tender:

16 November 2020: deadline for questions before pre-qualification

1 December 2020: deadline for application for pre-qualification

Mid January 2020: pre-qualification decided

Mid March 2021: deadline for preliminary bids

April 2021: negotiation process

Early August 2021: Publication of revised tendering conditions and call for final bids

Early November 2021: deadline for final bids

Early December 2021: concession winner appointed

1 January 2025: Grid connection ready

31 December 2027: wind farm must be fully established and connected to grid.

The concessionaire shall carry out installation of the offshore wind farm, including possible offshore substation(s) and the grid connection from the offshore substation to the POC at the nearshore substation on land. Certain results from preliminary surveys are already available as technical background information, please see the above website referred to in section I.1). Prior to submission of final bids, a strategic environmental assessment of the plan for Thor offshore wind farm will be conducted. Furthermore, supplementary surveys with focus on benthic flora and fauna, marine mammals, fish and fisheries, underwater noise, safety of navigation, radar and radio interference, marine archaeology, visibility analysis and cumulative impacts as well as a full EIA for the onshore project to be built by Energinet and the concessionaire will be carried out. All results will be published as they become available in due time before submission of final bids. It should be noted that the concessionaire will be responsible for undertaking the EIA of the concrete project offshore after the signing of the concession agreement. Establishment of necessary nearshore facilities from POC at Volder Mark and grid connection forward to the transmission grid at Idomlund will be provided by the Danish TSO, Energinet. The onshore grid connection will be built to receive 1 000 MW in the POC and will be available to receive first power by 1 January 2025 unless a later date is agreed with the concessionaire.

The conditions for participation as described under section III.1.2) and III.1.3) are put in place to ensure that pre-qualified applicants all meet the requirements regarding financial and technical capacity required to establish the wind farm project. The financing of the installation of the offshore wind farm including Energinet’s part of the onshore facilities (app. DKK 701 million) is to be paid by the concessionaire. The concessionaire will also be required to pay for pre-investigations etc. conducted by Energinet (app. DKK 220 million), and for any necessary mitigating actions in relation to Danish radar installations. License for electricity production and authorisation will be granted for 30 years with the possibility of a prolongation of 5 years if allowed under applicable regulation at the relevant time. The concessionaire must connect 95 % of the wind farm to the onshore POC by 31 December 2027 at the latest. The concession contract includes a possibility to request the DEA for later inclusion of a PtX-solution.

Deadline Date2020-12-01
Publication Date2020-09-25
CountryDenmark
Procurement StatusActive
TypeCompetitive procedure with negotiation
Contract TypeWorks
Award CriteriaLowest price
OrganisationEnergistyrelsen
Attention OfJeppe Lundbæk
AddressCarsten Niebuhrs Gade 43
TownCopenhagen
Postal Code1577
Phone+45 33927553
Fax+45 33114743
Class Code45000000
Class DescriptionConstruction work
SourceOffice for Official Publications of the European Communities - Tenders electronic daily (Ted)

Version of 2020-03-31

Construction work

In 2018, all political parties in the Danish Parliament entered into an Energy Agreement to ensure the green transition and provide security for long term investments. As part of the agreement, the parties decided to establish three new large-scale offshore wind farms before 2030, which will expand the supply of energy from offshore wind by at least 2 400 MW. The first of the three wind farms to be tendered is Thor Offshore Wind Farm. Please see the elaborate description in section II.2.4) and documents available at the website referred to in section I.1). The purpose of this prior information notice is to inform market players about the existence and overall features of the upcoming tender. The information in this notice and in the documents on the website referred to in section I.1) is non-binding to the Danish Energy Agency. The contract notice and the tender documents are expected be published in Q3 2020 and will launch the tender procedure with binding documents.

Extended TitleThor Offshore Wind Farm Tender
Extended Description

The tender concerns a concession for the Thor Offshore Wind Farm, which will be located in the North Sea west of Thorsminde by Nissum Fjord at a distance of minimum 20 km from the shore and with a capacity of min. 800 MW and max. 1 000 MW. As in previous Danish offshore wind farm tenders, the tendering model will be a negotiated procedure with pre-qualification. The concession owner of Thor Offshore Wind Farm will receive subsidies in the form of a price premium for a 20-year period. The subsidies will be granted in accordance with a CfD-scheme designed for this tender. It is a two-way CfD with caps on both the Danish State’s payment to the concession owner and the concession owner’s payment to the Danish State, which will prevent that neither one carries the full risk of the electricity price developing fundamentally different from the forecast. For more in-depth description of the subsidy scheme please see the above website referred to in section I.1).

Preliminary timetable for the tender:

Q3 2020 — Publication of contract notice and tendering material, launch of pre-qualification (date has not been fixed),

Q4 2020 — Deadline for application for pre-qualification,

Q1 2021 — Deadline for preliminary bids,

Q2 2021 — Negotiation process,

Q3 2021 — Publication of final tendering conditions, call for final bids,

Q4 2021 — Deadline for final bids and appointment of concession winner,

Q1 2025 — Grid connection ready,

Q4 2027 — Wind farm must be fully established and connected to grid.

The concession winner shall carry out installation of the offshore wind farm, including the offshore substation and the grid connection from the offshore substation to the POC at the nearshore substation on land. Certain results from preliminary surveys (fine-screening of 2018, program for site-investigations and collection of MetOcean data 2019, bird surveys 2019) are already available, please see the above website referred to in section I.1). Prior to submission of final bids, a strategic environmental assessment (SEA) of the plan for Thor offshore wind farm will be conducted. Furthermore, supplementary surveys with focus on benthic flora and fauna, marine mammals, fish and fisheries, underwater noise, safety of navigation, radar and radio interference, marine archaeology, visibility analysis and cumulative impacts as well as a full EIA for the onshore project to be built by Energinet will be carried out. All results will be published as they become available in due time before submission of final bids. It should be noted, that the concession winner will be responsible for undertaking the environmental impact assessment (EIA) of the concrete project offshore after the signing of the concession agreement. Establishment of necessary nearshore facilities from POC and grid connection forward to the transmission grid at Idomlund will be provided by the Danish TSO, Energinet. The onshore grid connection will be built to receive 1 000 MW in the POC and will be available to receive first power by Q1 2025.

Conditions for participation (criteria for pre-qualification, etc.) are described in ‘Expected tender procedure and conditions for participation’ at the website referred to in section I.1). The conditions for participation are put in place to ensure that pre-qualified applicants meet requirements regarding financial and technical capacity required to establish the wind farm project. The financing of the installation of the offshore wind farm including Energinet’s part of the onshore facilities (app. DKK 625 million) is to be provided by the successful bidder. License for electricity production and authorisation will be granted for 30 years with the possibility of a prolongation of 5 years if allowed under applicable regulation. A penalty for defective performance will be applied and the concession owner will have to provide a guarantee for the penalty. The concession owner must connect 95 % of the wind farm to the onshore POC by 31 December 2027 at the latest.

Publication Date2020-03-31
CountryDenmark
Procurement StatusFuture
TypeNot applicable
Contract TypeWorks
Award CriteriaNot applicable
OrganisationEnergistyrelsen (Danish Energy Agency)
Attention OfJeppe Lundbæk, Ulrike Clade Christensen
AddressCarsten Niebuhrs Gade 43
TownKøbenhavn V
Postal Code1577
Phone+45 33927553
Class Code45000000
Class DescriptionConstruction work
SourceOffice for Official Publications of the European Communities - Tenders electronic daily (Ted)

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