The offshore construction industry is making serious moves towards developing wind plant at sea. Last month, Belgium made its entry, with the government laying down the rules for bids by two big companies for projects of around 100 MW. Belgium's plans could well speed those of the Netherlands, which since 1997 has been aiming to be the first in the southern North Sea with an offshore wind station. Meantime, Denmark has thrown open the doors of its wind market to overseas investors. Financing its offshore developments seems one good reason for doing so.