The Port of Esbjerg in Denmark has the ambition to become one of Europe’s leading ports for offshore wind energy. Dennis Jul Pedersen, port director, said that Esbjerg Port has already participated in the shipment of more than 4,000 offshore wind turbines with a total capacity of about 22.5 GW.

Such a major achievement in turbine handling has been realized in a perspective by the end of 2021. Recent years for the Port of Esbjerg have marked a dynamic development in the context of serving the European wind energy industry. The port director emphasizes in a release that despite this, there is no time to become complacent as Europe and the rest of the world accelerate the development of European offshore wind energy. The European Union has set a target of 60 GW by 2030 and 300 GW by 2050. The ambition of the port is to unload another 4 thousand wind turbines.

The Port has experience with more than 55 offshore wind projects. It has a network of subcontractors in place to provide support and a broad spectrum of services.

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He adds that the EU needs billions of euros of investment in maritime infrastructure and port capacity.

Source: Port of Esbjerg

One of the port’s initiatives is to build a “pre-assembly” site to store and assemble wind turbine components that developers can rent as needed. The port is also developing a digital infrastructure so that future wind projects can be simulated to ensure their ideal configuration.

Source: Port of Esbjerg