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Turmes’ €30bn offshore energy island project



Claude Turmes details his estimated €30bn plan for offshore wind power. (Photos: Matic Zorman/Maison Moderne/Archives; DR. Editing: Maison Moderne)

Claude Turmes details his estimated €30bn plan for offshore wind power. (Photos: Matic Zorman/Maison Moderne/Archives; DR. Editing: Maison Moderne)

In an interview with La Tribune, Luxembourg's energy minister detailed his plan to develop offshore wind power with Denmark. Estimated at €30bn, it aims to install between 10,000 and 12,000 megawatts of wind power on “energy islands”.

Energy minister Claude Turmes (déi Gréng) revealed details on a project to develop offshore wind power despite Luxembourg being a landlocked country. The partnership with Denmark was in fact unveiled last June.

The two countries want to create artificial energy islands. Located off the Danish coast, they will be connected to hundreds of offshore wind turbines and will provide green electricity to cover the power needs of millions of European households. In the La Tribune article, Turmes expands on the cooperation agreement for an island in the North Sea. “It is planned to install between 10,000 and 12,000 megawatts of wind power. This project, estimated at nearly €30bn, will make it possible to replace oil and gas in heating and transport.” He considers that "offshore wind power represents 5,000 full hours of electricity, the price of which will be less than half that of nuclear production".

Questions about nuclear power

Turmes highlighted Luxembourg's energy targets saying the country aims “to reach a threshold of 25% green energy in our mix by 2030, and climate neutrality by 2050.”

It may seem odd for Luxembourg to produce electricity in Denmark but the grand duchy already has a foundation for that partnership, making it easier to put the project in place. “We are part of the North Sea coalition, managed by the Benelux secretariat. The electrons produced off the Danish, Belgian or German coast already arrive in Luxembourg via our integrated electricity network,” said Turmes.

In the interview, the energy minister also returns to his opposition to nuclear power and says he is surprised by the French programme to revive it. He referenced the European Commission's proposal to label nuclear power as green, calling it an  “enormous mess”. Turmes does not, however, take into consideration a financial intervention by Luxembourg to close of the Cattenom nuclear plant on the other side of the French border.

This story was first published in French on Paperjam. It has been translated and edited for Delano.