Norway has earmarked two areas in the North Sea to accommodate up to 4.5 gigawatt (GW) of floating and bottom-fixed wind turbine capacity and will identify additional offshore areas for development amid strong interest from energy firms.
Utsira Nord, an area of 1,000 square km (386.1 square miles), is located northwest of the oil industry capital Stavanger and is seen as suitable for floating wind power.
Soerlige Nordsjoe II, some 2,590 square km and bordering the Danish sector of the North Sea, is suitable for bottom-fixed wind power turbines. read more
Companies and joint ventures likely to participate include the following:
Equinor (EQNR.OL) will seek acreage in both areas. It is planning a bid with Eni renewables unit Vaargroenn for a floating offshore wind farm at Utsira North and has teamed up with Germany’s RWE (RWEG.DE) and Norsk Hydro (NHY.OL) for a planned wind farm at Soerlige Nordsjoe II.
Germany’s EnBW (EBKG.DE) and several Norwegian partners, including wholesale and retail food supplier Norgesgruppen, have announced the Norseman Consortia initiative to develop a 1.4 GW wind farm in the Soerlige Nordsjoe II area.
Aker Offshore Wind (AOW-ME.OL) is planning the 0.5 GW Vestavindar project at Utsira Nord and the 1.2 GW Soennavindar project at Soerlige Nordsjoe II. It has entered a partnership with top utility Statkraft (STATK.UL) to develop the latter site.
Deep Wind Offshore, a joint venture of shipping company Knutsen OAS and utilities Haugaland Kraft and Sunnhordland Kraftlag, plans projects for both sites.
Seagust, a joint venture by industrial investment firms Arendals Fossekompani (AFK) (AFK.OL) and Ferd, is considering bids for both areas. L5N2NK3GS
A joint venture of offshore supply firm NorSea, majority owned by shipping firm (WWI.OL) Wilhemsen, and Belgian offshore wind development firm Parkwind has said it plans to apply for licences in both areas.
Shell (RDSa.L) has said it is considering a participation in the tenders and that its sees large potential in Norwegian offshore wind.
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