Ørsted + ATP has signed an agreement with prominent digital connectivity player GlobalConnect to “make the North Sea Energy Island a backbone in the future digitisation of Northern Europe” and attract large-scale digital investments to Denmark.

Ørsted + ATP want the North Sea Energy Island to be more than just an island. The aim is to draw upon a ground-breaking modular design to become a future-proof and innovative piece of Danish infrastructure, a cross-border digital hub, at the centre of the world’s largest offshore network of green energy.

This is expected to be a major opportunity to deliver on the future digitisation agenda of Northern Europe and a key enabler to potentially attract large-scale investments in digital infrastructure, including data centres.

GlobalConnect has the most extensive high-capacity network and experience in Northern Europe with more than 100 000 km of fibre across the region. Data consumption is expected to rise significantly in the coming years, as more devices connect to the internet. This will require a capacity expansion of the grid transporting data between the North Sea countries, and a smart North Sea Energy Island offers a natural intersection for this grid, while also being a reliable source of renewable energy to power the digitisation.

Furthermore, by making the North Sea Energy Island a digital hub, Denmark will be centrally placed to attract investments in two of the most significant long-term growth industries globally: renewable energy and digital infrastructure.

Rasmus Errboe, head of Region Continental Europe at Ørsted, said: “The North Sea Energy Island offers Denmark a unique opportunity to become a hub for the key technologies of tomorrow, and thereby attract significant investments within both renewable energy and digitalisation. We’re very excited to work with GlobalConnect to enable the future connectivity needs of the region, while leveraging our unique modular design to potentially attract global tech investments to the region, including on the North Sea Energy Island.”

Martin Lippert, Group CEO of GlobalConnect, said: “The North Sea Energy Island will play a significant part in future-proofing the region while strengthening the Nordic’s position as an attractive hub for transporting data across the world. “