Danish Firms Form Partnership For Philippines Offshore Wind Development

Danish engineering consultancy NIRAS and Copenhagen Offshore Partners (COP) officially announced their partnership for a project to develop offshore wind farms in the Philippines.

COP, a leader in offshore wind development and construction, awarded NIRAS assignments to conduct the local Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) and Environmental Social Impact Assessments (ESIAs) for future offshore wind farm sites, of which COP is leading the development and construction activities on behalf of Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP), a global leader in greenfield renewable energy investments.

“We intend to continue the momentum in the Philippines to unleash offshore wind and accelerate the energy transition. We have full confidence in NIRAS’ expertise, which we experienced first hand in Taiwan where the NIRAS team has supported COP’s early offshore wind ventures,” said Rune Damgaard, Co-CEO of COP.

“With our international experience, we are actively building our local capabilities to positively support the Philippine Government’s ambitious drive for offshore wind. Our continued strong good partnership with CIP/COP is a major milestone in this journey,” added Antti Inkinen, Country Director of NIRAS in the Philippines.

The Danish Ambassador to the Philippines Franz-Michael Skjold Mellbin also added: “Both NIRAS and CIP/COP are veterans in the wind and offshore wind sectors. In many ways, [they are also] all pioneers of a new energy future for the Philippines. In the future, the Philippines can become much more energy-independent, and this is a huge step forward for any nation.”

The Philippine Government is aiming to integrate 35% of renewable energy into the nation’s energy generation mix by 2030.