Danish renewables specialist Ørsted and investment firm ATP have chosen three contractors to support their bid to build a €28bn “energy island” in the North Sea.
Ørsted and ATP are in the running to develop the project when it goes out to tender in 2023.
Their team will be led by Aarsleff, a specialist in large-scale offshore projects. The Aarhus-based engineer worked on the Oresund Link that connects Denmark and Sweden, and has installed 600 foundations for offshore wind turbines.
France’s Bouygues Travaux Publics will contribute its civil engineering expertise. The company has a long track record of designing, building and operating large offshore structures such as bridges, tunnels and land reclamations.
Dutch dredging company Van Oord will work on creating the artificial island. It has previously constructed the Palm Jumeirah in Dubai, as well as undertaking offshore projects with Ørsted.
Rasmus Errboe, head of Ørsted Continental, commented in a press statement: “Aarsleff, Bouygues and Van Oord comprise the strongest possible team to support our bid for the Danish North Sea energy island.
“We have selected these world-class suppliers based on their outstanding credentials within sustainability and innovation to make sure that the energy island is constructed with respect for the unique environment in the North Sea and with the highest degree of technical and commercial competences.”
Billed as the biggest construction project in Danish history, the public-private partnership will create a 12ha island with a harbour and storage facilities to distribute electricity from 200 turbines installed in the surrounding water.
In its first phase, the hub will have a generating capacity of some 10GW. Later phases of the project, which include a second island, may eventually power 10 million households.
The estimated cost of €28bn includes the construction of the island, the offshore turbines and the transmission and distribution infrastructure.
Dutch engineer Fugro was been awarded a geological surveying subcontract by Danish state-owned energy company Energinet in April. In July, it was announced that the Danish Energy Agency had picked Stockholm-based consulting engineer Sweco to be its technical adviser. That contract will run for four years and has a value of €6.7m (see further reading).
Image: Visualisation of the planned island (Source: Danish Energy Agency)