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Energinet awards contracts for artificial energy island projects [free access]

April 12, 2021

Danish transmission system operator (TSO) Energinet has selected Dutch geophysical services company Fugro and Swedish geophysical services company MMT, to carry out seabed surveys related to the plans to build a 10 GW artificial energy island in the North Sea.


As reported, the artificial energy island project will be owned by a public-private collaboration, with the majority held by the local government, and will be established 80 km from the shore of the Jutland peninsula.


The construction of the USD34 billion island is scheduled to start during the 2026-28 period, after which Energinet intends to connect the first offshore wind turbines in 2031. However, a political agreement from February 2021 stipulates that the island is not expected to be fully operational until 2033. The seabed surveys are expected to commence in May 2021. Meanwhile, Danish engineering consultancy Rambøll has been hired to provide recommendations for the cable connections to the energy island in the North Sea.