Arup selected as technical advisor for world’s first ‘energy island’ in Denmark

Danish power company Ørsted and investor ATP have chosen Arup as technical advisor to support the consortium’s bid for the North Sea energy island project in Denmark.

The energy island will serve as an offshore power plant gathering and distributing green electricity from hundreds of wind turbines in its vicinity.

It will be able to serve offshore wind farms with a capacity of 3GW, with the option of expansion to 10GW. It is expected to have a total area of at least 120,000m², with 200 turbines in its first phase.

It is the biggest construction project in Danish history, costing an estimated 210bn kroner (£24bn; €28bn: $34bn).

Based on a modular design, Ørsted and ATP said they want to make the North Sea energy island a “transformational project” for sustainable energy generation in Europe.

Ørsted and ATP joined forces last year to submit a bid in the upcoming tender for the project. They also brought in Aarsleff, Van Oord and Bouygues Construction to form their construction consortium.

Arup is the latest addition to the consortium. The consulting firm has been an advisor on a long list of prominent Danish infrastructure projects, including the Øresund Bridge, the Fehmarnbelt Fixed Link and the Cityringen Metro in Copenhagen.

Søren Scherfig, Ørsted vice president and head of the North Sea energy island project, said: “Working with Arup and our partners, we’re confident that we can deliver a future-proof project that will become a cornerstone in the Danish and European green transformation for decades to come.

“We believe that the energy island should embody innovation and sustainability, and we believe that we’ve gathered a list of strong partners to help realise these ambitions.”

Acciona, Boskalis, Deme and MT Højgaard International have also signed a partnership agreement with Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners to bid for the development of the energy island.

The Danish Energy Agency is expected to start tendering for the scheme in 2023.

Image credit: Danish Energy Agency


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