The Danish offshore industry is busy shifting over from oil and gas to offshore wind. Ten thousand wind turbines are planned to be installed in the North Sea in the years ahead.
Esbjerg has been the centre of the Danish offshore industry since the extraction of oil and gas from the North Sea started more than 40 years ago. But in the last decade, a new offshore activity has become evident at the harbour in Esbjerg: wind energy.
In recent years, Esbjerg has adopted a new role and has developed into Europe’s leading port for shipping offshore wind turbines. The port has accounted for two thirds of the 3 Gigawatts of offshore wind power so far installed in Europe. 65 percent of all Danish wind turbines have been shipped from Esbjerg, which has also been used to ship components to a number of offshore wind farms including the UK’s Lincs, Gunfleet Sands and London Array.
The port of Esbjerg is well-positioned in relation to Denmark’s wind energy industry companies, most of which are concentrated in the western and southwestern region of the country. In recent years, some of the many local offshore companies and energy companies have succeeded in putting their know-how to use in the offshore wind industry, while continuing their oil and gas activities.