Denmark has announced a landmark agreement on the construction of an energy hub in the North Sea, an artificially constructed island 80 kilometers from the shore. Fully implemented it will be able to cover the consumption of 10 million European households.
The energy hub will serve as an offshore power plant gathering and distributing green electricity from hundreds of wind turbines surrounding the island directly to consumers in countries surrounding the North Sea.
Denmark has introduced cutoff date of 2050 for oil and gas extraction in the North Sea and canceled all future licensing rounds, so this agreement marks a significant step in the green transition.
The island is expected to have a total area of at least 120.000 square meters and in its first phase it will be able to provide 3 million European households with green energy.
”This decision marks the start of a new era of sustainable energy production in Denmark and the world and it links very ambitious climate goals with growth and green jobs. The energy hub in the North Sea will be the largest construction project in Danish history. It will make a big contribution to the realization of the enormous potential for European offshore wind, and I am excited for our future collaboration with other European countries”, said Danish Minister for Climate, Dan Jørgensen.
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