CIP picks construction contractors for Danish energy island bid

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November 30 (Renewables Now) - Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) announced today it has selected contractors to build the world’s first energy island in the Danish North Sea and announced plans to bid in the government’s upcoming tender.

In February, Denmark reached a broad political agreement to build an artificial island in the North Sea surrounded by offshore wind turbines with a potential capacity of 10 GW. The project will be realised through a public-private partnership.

Danish fund manager CIP is leading the VindO consortium, which is proposing to install an energy island around 80 km-100 km off Denmark’s western coast, bringing together offshore wind, energy storage and Power-to-X technologies. The partners aim to deliver power from 10 GW of offshore wind turbines to Denmark and other neighbouring countries. They intend to seek support for the initiative in the Danish Energy Agency’s upcoming energy island tender, which is set to be launched by the third quarter of 2022.

CIP is the developer of the project. Its choice of contractors is Spanish infrastructure giant Acciona, Dutch dredging and marine contractor Royal Boskalis Westminster NV, Belgian dredging company DEME and Danish construction and civil engineering firm MT Hojgaard International. Their partnership will be called NJORD Group.

Apart from CIP, the VindO consortium behind the scheme also includes Danish pension funds PensionDanmark and PFA, and utility Andel.

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