The latest offshore wind round run by the Netherlands will be a contest after Dutch officials received several bids, despite questions being raised over the future viability of zero-subsidy projects in a post-coronavirus power market.

The Netherlands Enterprise Agency RVO said “several applications” were submitted by the 30 April entry deadline in the 700MW-plus Hollandse Kust North round. With sector pacesetter Orsted already a confirmed participant, that means the Dutch will have at least two contenders to choose from.