This article was written by Graeme Paton and published in The Times on 13th March 2017.
An artificial island with an airport and harbour will be built in the North Sea under ambitious plans for a vast offshore renewable energy plant.
Proposals have been drawn up to create a 2.5 square mile island on Dogger Bank to service a network of wind turbines and solar panels.
The island would have homes for a small workforce and act as the hub for an energy supply distributed to six countries — Britain, the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Norway and Belgium.
The European Union-backed plans have been drawn up by a consortium of energy companies from the Netherlands, Denmark and Germany. They are expected to be agreed in Brussels on March 23rd.