Belgium plans to nearly triple its offshore wind capacity by 2030 and connect new wind farms to the mainland via an artificial energy island in the North Sea to be built in the second half of the decade.

The nation's cabinet on Friday said it ‘took note’ of a memorandum by new energy minister Tinne Van der Straeten on plans for 3.15-3.5GW in new capacity in the future ‘Princess Elisabeth Zone’ near the sea border with France, which should be connected to an energy island.