Denmark will establish two energy hubs and associated offshore windfarms for clean energy sources, the Ministry of Climate, Energy and Utilities announced in a statement on Thursday.
According to the statement, a broad coalition of Danish parties have agreed to build an artificial island in the Jutland peninsula in the North Sea and one off the Danish island of Bornholm in the Baltic Sea.
The energy hubs will collect electricity from the surrounding offshore wind farms and distribute electricity between countries connected via the electricity grid.
The statement said the two hubs, with an initial capacity of 5 gigawatts (GW), will triple the current installed offshore capacity in Denmark. Later they will be expanded to provide a capacity of 12 GW in total.
The artificial island in Jutland, which will be owned by a public-private partnership, is expected to have a total area of at least 120,000 square meters, and in its first phase will be able to provide 3 million European households with green energy.
Danish Minister for Climate, Dan Jorgensen hailed the development as a great moment for Denmark and the global green transition.
'This decision marks the start of a new era of sustainable energy production in Denmark and the world and it links very ambitious climate goals with growth and green jobs. The energy hub in the North Sea will be the largest construction project in Danish history,' he said.
By Gulsen Cagatay