Artificial North Sea island: Danish, Dutch and German firms launch bid to make ‘science fiction’ plan a reality

Posted: March 13, 2017 by oldbrew in Big Green, News, wind
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Artist’s impression of Dogger Bank island [credit: The Independent]

The construction agreement is planned to be signed on 23 March 2017, reports The Independent.

A vast artificial island is to be built at Dogger Bank in the North Sea, complete with a harbour, airstrip and homes, to help provide a vast new supply of renewable energy, under plans drawn up by two companies with the blessing of the European Union.

The North Sea Wind Power Hub would act as a hub for offshore wind turbines and a new place to put solar panels, according to the German and Dutch arms of electricity firm TenneT and Danish company Energinet. The firms will sign a deal creating a consortium to develop the plan further in Brussels on 23 March in the presence of European Energy Union Commissioner, Maos Sefcovic.

Torben Glar Nielsen, Energinet’s Danish technical director, said: “Maybe it sounds a bit crazy and science fiction-like, but an island on Dogger Bank could make the wind power of the future a lot cheaper and more effective.”

It is thought the island – or possibly islands – could act as a hub for thousands of new wind turbines, which would eventually generate green electricity for more than 80 million people.

Under the proposals, the island would be connected by electricity cables to the UK, Norway, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark and Belgium.

Mel Kroon, TenneT’s chief executive, said: “This project can significantly contribute to a completely renewable supply of electricity in north-west Europe. TenneT and both have extensive experience in the fields of onshore grids, the connection of offshore wind energy and cross-border connections.”

The company said Dogger Bank was an ideal location for an artificial island as it was “centrally located and in relatively shallow water” and also had “optimal wind conditions”.

Full report: Artificial North Sea island: Danish, Dutch and German firms launch bid to make ‘science fiction’ plan a reality | The Independent

Short video here

  1. So the sea level isn’t rising then? Just our energy bills.

  2. jarlgeir says:

    Let us see, the insanely expensive offshore wind farms out there will be made even more costly by adding an artificial island and more infrastructure to support the ever increasing handout of wind farm subsidies.

    This plan shows perfectly well that countries still having sane politicians should get out of the European Union to regain their liberty. We have no need for the European Union. send it to the dustbin of history, as happened with the Soviet Union!

  3. BLACK PEARL says:

    Lots of could & possibles
    Wonder if Crown Estates will get a kick back for sea bed rental or will it be too off shore ?
    Could also be used as a harbour for border patrol vessels if Scotland eventually go independent.

  4. ivan says:

    Interesting that they want to completely disrupt one of the best fishing grounds in the north sea but destroying the environment is normal for green backed subsidy farmers.

    Depending on where it is placed Crown Estates will have a big slice of their income, especially when the UK is finally free of the EU.

    BTW the last lot that had that idea if turbines out there kept putting it off and I think that has fallen through as nothing has been heard from them since 2014

  5. Bitter&twisted says:

    It not only sounds crazy- it is.
    And so are the lunatics proposing it.

  6. Curious George says:

    Let’s demand an addition of coral reefs.

  7. JB says:

    It is sci-fi like–Stargate Atlantis like. Recall the woes of Atlantis….

  8. More likely, it is an attempt by the EU to establish EU territorial rights from a point off the shores of the EU in order to restrict the UK’s reclamation of its historical fishing rights after Brexit.

  9. “An exclusive economic zone extends from the outer limit of the territorial sea to a maximum of 200 nautical miles (370.4 km; 230.2 mi) from the territorial sea baseline, thus it includes the contiguous zone.[3] A coastal nation has control of all economic resources within its exclusive economic zone, including fishing, mining, oil exploration, and any pollution of those resources”

    The Dogger Bank is 60 miles offshore from the UK.

    This is a hostile act by the EU.

  10. oldbrew says:

    It’s ‘ours’.
    Correction – part of it’s ours:
    Dogger Bank sits as an isolated topographic high within the central to southern North 
Sea spanning UK, German, Danish and Dutch waters.
    – – –
    In January 2010, a licence to develop a wind farm on Dogger Bank was granted to Forewind Ltd, a consortium of developers. Originally projected to develop up to 9 gigawatts of power as part of a planned nine zone project of 32 gigawatts, the plan was later scaled down to a 7.2 gigawatt installation in agreement with the area’s owner Crown Estates.
    – – –
    Planning consent for the first phase of the project (Dogger Bank Creyke Beck) was granted by the UK government in February 2015, and consent for the second phase (Dogger Bank Teesside) was granted in August 2015.
    – – –
    The workforce may have to guard against Dogger Bank itch.

  11. oldbrew says:

    Shipowners: Huge potential in artificial North Sea island OFFSHORE

    Germany, the Netherlands, and Denmark plan to construct a huge artificial island in the North Sea. The project, which will cost billions of euros to complete, will serve as a hub for upwards of 7,000 offshore wind turbines. Shipowners eye significant potential. Find a video of the project here [50 seconds].

  12. Curious George says:

    The UK should preventively claim all of Doggerland.

    [reply] too late:

  13. From that link:

    Dogger Bank sits as an isolated topographic high within the central to southern North 
Sea spanning UK, German, Danish and Dutch waters.

    So if the EU establishes a surface structure the territorial boundary is pushed towards the UK which loses its interest in the Dogger Bank altogether unless the UK’s interest is specifically preserved.

    The EU can claim ownership arising during UK membership of the EU and then dispute UK’s claim once the UK leaves the EU.

  14. oldbrew says:

    Is a wind turbine a ‘surface structure’?

  15. ivan says:

    oldbrew, I note that Forewind are very careful in wording their statement about the Dogger Bank. Nowhere do they actually say who owns it but we can get an idea from the fact that they only mention the Crown Estates.

    The German, Danish and Dutch borders meet the British border on the side furthest from the UK coast, therefore when the UK leaves the EU those wanting to build their artificial island will have to negotiate a contract with the UK to do so.

  16. ivan says:

    As an aside, if they want to get reliable renewable energy why don’t they put up power satellites that beam power back to the ground using high power microwaves? That would be much more Science Fiction like and much more reliable than the wind and ground based solar.

    The problem with that idea is how would they get the subsidies?

  17. Saighdear says:

    Hmm, heard something like that before,…. was it not in the S China Sea or thereabouts – and look what’s happening. Thought Doggerbank was part of Englandshire once upon a time. Oh for the Faebles!

  18. hunter says:

    So clutter up the entire North Sea with thousands of unreliable unscalable and hideously expensive wind mills. All serviced from an artificial island that undoubtedly disturbs the environment and depends on ongoing human intervention to survive even a few decades intact.
    What a typically insane idea from big green.

  19. stpaulchuck says:

    that’s about as much as I can put up for this idiocy

  20. Any estimates of the cost of this white elephant?

  21. Richard111 says:

    Anyone know how to guesstimate how much steel and concrete will be required for the wind turbine foundations and for that ‘island’? And all those rare metals in the turbines. All from China.

    Since ‘fossil’ fuels will be used to create that clutter what is the pay back time from the ‘free’ energy?
    I’m sure I read somewhere, please correct me, the life time of off shore wind turbines is somewhat less than 25 years. Yeah! Free energy! Go for it!

  22. oldbrew says:

    The Copenhagen Post reported that the island, if approved, would cost just over £1.1 billion ($1.3 billion).

    Read more:

  23. tom0mason says:

    Our children shall inherit such folly.

    “Daddy what you do to sustainably save the planet?”
    “I ensured you had some of the most expensive and unreliable electricity in Europe.”

  24. hunter says:

    What government that claims to want the best for its citizens would ever consider squandering vast sums of money into a scheme that makes energy more expensive and less reliable and much more vulnerable to weather or accidents?

  25. oldbrew says:

    Does anyone remember any coal or gas fired power plants that needed their own airport?

  26. Bill Treuren says:

    If well located could also be a great place to drill for gas or even shale gas that could be a useful way to recover the subsidies.

    otherwise just madness.