Energy major Equinor and renewable energy company Vårgrønn have signed a collaboration agreement to jointly apply for offshore wind acreage in the Utsira Nord area in Norway
Together, they will prepare and submit an application to the Norwegian authorities to develop floating offshore wind at Utsira Nord, which is west off Utsira and Haugalandet in the Norwegian North Sea.
The Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy has opened two areas for offshore renewables, Utsira Nord and Sørlige Nordsjø II, and the authorities are currently working on the licensing process.
Equinor executive vice president new energy solutions Pål Eitrheim said, “A floating windfarm at Utsira Nord could be the next project at scale to drive industrialisation of floating offshore wind and create new opportunities for Norwegian industry.
“Together with Vårgrønn, we are eager to contribute to a new chapter in Norway’s energy legacy and position floating offshore wind as a new industry contributing to the energy transition.
“As the world’s leading floating offshore wind developer and developer of the Hywind Tampen floating windfarm, Equinor has the experience and capabilities necessary to develop full-scale floating offshore wind in Norway.”
Vårgrønn chief executive Olav Hetland said, “We are excited to enter into a partnership with Equinor on floating offshore wind, contributing to the continued development of Norway as a leading energy nation. This project will be an essential part of our ambition to own and operate 1 GW of installed capacity by 2030.
“Developing a home market for offshore wind power, particularly floating, will be important for developing the Norwegian offshore wind supply industry, and positioning new technologies for a growing global market.”
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