Dutch gas grid operator Gasunie is joining the North Sea Wind Power Hub consortium.
The group currently consists of the Netherlands’ TenneT, Denmark’s Energinet and Germany’s TenneT.
The four companies will study and investigate the possible development of a large-scale, sustainable European energy supply system in the North Sea.
The collaboration is a key step towards the realisation of a North Sea Wind Power Hub from 2030-2050, which is expected to contribute towards achieving the Paris climate agreement.
Around 230GW of offshore wind capacity is said to be needed to achieve the climate targets for Europe alone, with 180GW of it in the North Sea.
Gasunie will contribute expertise in the transport and storage of gas via interconnected international grids and managing the energy balance.