Belgium plans to hold an offshore wind tender for up to 2.5GW capacity next year, to be followed by an auction for another 2GW by 2025, the CEO of the country’s transmission system operator, Elia, said.

The government in Brussels is still discussing details of the auction, but the aim is to hold it in 2023, with first power delivery envisaged for 2027, Chris Peeters said.

“It will be the at least 2.1GW, likely 2.5GW, in the Princess Elisabeth zone,” he sated, adding that another 2GW are planned to be auctioned off in 2025 in a third offshore wind zone.