Denmark to build £25bn artificial wind energy island in North Sea

The Danish Government has agreed to fund a £25bn artificial energy island in the North Sea. The government will take a majority share in the scheme, with private investors making up the remaining 49% stake. The scheme involves developing artificial platforms 80km off the coast of Denmark which would connect to offshore wind turbines. The island will initially have an area of 120,000m2 and in its first phase will be able to provide 3M households with green energy. It will be protected from North Sea storms on three sides by a high sea wall, with a dock for service vessels taking up the fourth side. “This is truly a great moment for Denmark and for the global green transition,” Denmark’s climate minister Dan Jørgensen said. “The energy hub in the North Sea will be the largest construction project in Danish history. It will make a big contribution to the realisation of the enormous potential for European offshore wind.” The island will initially support 5GW of wind generation and will later be expanded to as much as 12GW. Construction of the island is expected to start in 2026, and is scheduled to be complete in 2033. Private sector partners are now being sought to back the project. Like what you've read? To receive New Civil Engineer's daily and weekly newsletters click here.