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Tender for first energy island in Danish waters postponed by a year

Major differences between Ørsted and CIP’s plans for the energy island in North Sea stand in the way of the launch of the tender in September as scheduled, due to which the authorities now expect to announce a winning bid sometime in 2024 instead.

There is still significant uncertainty over the final design of the energy island in the Danish part of the North Sea. This was German TSO Tennet's original illustration of an artificial island. | Photo: PR - TenneT

Today marks a major step forward for EU’s energy future. Once the RePower EU plan has been adopted, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen will fly to Esbjerg, Denmark, where heads of state from Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and the host country will put their signatures on plans to set up at least 150GW in their parts of the North Sea out of the EU’s 300GW target for offshore wind by 2050. On top of this, bilateral plans for infrastructure connections are planned as well.

From a Danish perspective, this makes it the city of Esbjerg an obvious choice for the North Sea summit. It may very well be that the original idea was devised by Dutch/German TSO Tennet, and Belgium will be the first country to set up offshore infrastructure for connections to wind farms at sea. But as Danish politicians rarely forget to mention, the first actual energy island will be established in Danish waters.

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