Danish authorities on the prowl for competitors to Ørsted and CIP for energy isle

One objective of postponing the tender of the energy island in the North Sea is to allow others time to mount a bid, says deputy director of the Danish Energy Agency, which has abandoned the notion of building a large island.

The actual North Sea energy island is sure to be very dissimilar from the Vindø consortium's illustrated version. | Photo: VindØ

The interest in the upcoming North Sea energy island has been overwhelming in recent years. The project has made headlines across the world, from the western part of the US to the eastern part of China; played an informal lead role when the president of the European Commission and the German chancellor last month visited Esbjerg; and has been discussed at length on the home turf – to the point that even an illustration of the potential island design drew criticism.

Despite such extensive media coverage, no one actually knows how the island will look. This was underlined last Tuesday when the Danish Energy Agency (DEA) announced the postponement of the tender by a year until September 2023 in order to ”create a solid foundation” for the island.

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