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Sweco selected as advisor for North Sea energy island

As the principal advisor, Sweco will assist the Danish Energy Agency with technical counseling throughout the tender, design, construction, and transfer phases of the North Sea energy island. The agreement is valued at DKK 400m with a cap of DKK 600m.

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Engineering firm Sweco has been commissioned for the ”historic and vital” role as advisor for Danish Energy Agency (DEA) and the plans to set up an energy island in the North Sea over the next nine years.

Sweco will assist the DEA in formulating the concept for the energy island, preparing tender documents, examining technical solutions and offers, evaluating bidders as well as carrying out supervision and quality assurance during the construction and transfer phases of the upcoming Danish energy island in the North Sea, writes Sweco in a press release.

The agreement is valued at DKK 400m (EUR 53.7m) with a cap of DKK 600m.

”We are involved in a historic and particularly demanding assignment: developing the strongest possible future-proof concept for the energy island in the North Sea. The choice of technical adviser is based on Sweco’s offer being the most advantageous. We have enjoyed a fine collaboration with Sweco so far and have been satisfied with their deliveries and counseling. We look forward to continuing the collaboration,” says Deputy Director General of the DEA Mogens Hagelskær, who is in charge of overseeing the energy island projects, in a separate Danish press release.

Tender ready in September 2023

The engineering firm has a little more than a year to develop the concept before the energy island is tendered after being officially postponed in early July. The postponement owes to disagreements between two consortia expected to mount bids. The Ørsted-led consortium envisions a more minimalistic energy island in the North Sea, which can subsequently be expanded with modules built on land and shipped out to sea. Meanwhile, the CIP-led Njord consortium with its Vindø concept is a proponent of an energy island that is more expansive and detailed from outset, as detailed by EnergyWatch back in July.

Now Sweco will be tasked with drawing up a solid and future-oriented concept for the energy island, which will allow as many players and consortia as possible to make relevant and goal-oriented offers. The tender is expected to be ready in September 2023.

”I’m both delighted and proud that Sweco has been awarded this historic and vital assignment. I’m pleased that we can offer current and prospective employees an opportunity to work on one of the most exciting and demanding projects ever and the biggest construction project in the history of Denmark,” says Executive Vice President of Infrastructure, Water, Environment, Energy and International at Sweco Jes Hansen.

For the project, Sweco will advise the DEA in close collaboration with sub-consultants Implement Consulting Group, MORE Consulting, WorldPower Consulting, Hegelund Advice, and EPConsult Energies Nord.

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