Ørsted and ATP bolster team for North Sea energy island

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 07/09/2021 Ørsted
Ørsted and ATP, Denmark’s largest institutional investor, are now bringing in three construction experts to support their bid for the North Sea energy island. This includes Aarsleff, Bouygues, and Van Oord.

The artificial energy island in the North Sea is being developed in an effort to form a connection between several countries and offshore wind farms in the North Sea. It is envisioned with a starting capacity of 3 GW from connected offshore wind farms. The capacity may increase to 10 GW in future. The total investments for the island itself, infrastructure and associated offshore wind farms will be approximately DKK 210 billion (€28 billion or £24 billion). A tender for the island is expected in 2023 where Ørsted and ATP intend to submit a bid.
Aarsleff, the Danish specialist in large-scale projects within infrastructure, climate change adaption, and energy, will be leading the construction work. The company was a construction partner at the Oresund Link that connects Denmark and Sweden, has led several harbour expansion projects in the Nordics, including the ports of Skagen, Frederikshavn, and Stockholm, and has installed 600 foundations for offshore wind turbines at Horns Rev 2 and London Array Offshore Wind Farm, among others.

Bouygues Travaux Publics, an affiliate of Bouygues Construction, has 58,700 employees and operations in 60 countries. Bouygues brings experience designing, building and operating large scale offshore constructions, such as bridges, tunnels, and land reclamations. Bouygues has also constructed many complex projects, including the Monaco Offshore Extension and Paris’ first zero-carbon district. Bouygues is headquartered in Paris, France.

Marine contractor Van Oord employs 5,000 people and focuses on dredging, land-reclamation and offshore wind. The company has constructed the Palm Jumeirah and many other artificial islands and has experience in the installation of offshore wind turbines, foundations, and cables. Van Oord has worked with Ørsted on offshore projects in several countries across the globe and is headquartered in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Rasmus Errboe, Head of Continental Europe at Ørsted, said: “Ørsted has 30 years of experience in working with highly specialised engineering companies in offshore wind. Aarsleff, Bouygues and Van Oord comprise the strongest possible team to support our bid for the Danish North Sea energy island. We are prepared to accelerate the green transition in a new and innovative way which will contribute to the transformation of the Danish energy system and benefit the Danish society whilst providing green solutions for Denmark and our European neighbours. 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.”

On behalf of the contractors of the consortium, Jesper Kristian Jacobsen, CEO of Per Aarsleff A/S, commented: ”The establishment of an energy island in the North Sea is an innovative and groundbreaking project and an important step towards contributing to solving the climate challenges. The complementary expertise of Bouygues Travaux Publics, Van Oord, and Aarsleff within offshore work will make up a strong partnership, and we look forward to contributing to the project together with Ørsted and ATP.”