Belgian marine infrastructure specialist Jan de Nul is considering rivalling a high-profile consortium led by Orsted with a bid in the upcoming tender to build an artificial energy island off the Danish North Sea coast.

The Danish Energy Agency has said that it plans to start the tendering process for what will be the world’s first energy island next year, and likely announce the winning bid in early 2023.

The island at some 80km off Denmark’s Jutland peninsula is planned to initially be linked to 3GW of offshore wind capacity, which later is slated to be boosted to 10GW, with interconnections to multiple European countries.