The Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy is to seek proposals to develop up to 3.5 GW of offshore wind that could help Norwegian companies sell their expertise
With a huge global market firmly in mind, the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy is to seek proposals to develop up to 3.5 GW of offshore wind that could help Norwegian companies sell their expertise.
According to a statement issued by the ministry, an area off the Norwegian coast known as Utsira Nord, off the coast of Rogaland, has been identified for developing offshore wind.
The Norwegian Government is looking at developing floating offshore wind and at the potential for connecting Norwegian offshore windfarms to other countries using interconnectors.
The statement said the ministry plans to begin a consultation process in the next few months to open the Utsira Nord area for offshore wind development. In addition, input will be requested for an area known as the Sørlige Nordsjø II (Southern North Sea II).
The consultation is based on a potential 500 MW to 1.5 GW of offshore wind in the Utsira Nord area and 1.0-2.0 GW in the Southern North Sea II.
Minister of Petroleum and Energy Kjell-Børge Freiberg said, “Utsira Nord is suitable for floating wind power. I will ask for input on whether we should also open the area Southern North Sea II, which is close to the territorial boundary with Denmark and suitable for connection to the energy system on the continent.”
The Norwegian Government presented a strategy for floating wind power in the state budget for 2018. Underlying the plan to develop offshore wind is a goal for Norwegian companies to benefit from exporting goods and services to the global market.
“Offshore wind offers great opportunities for Norwegian companies,” said the minister. “Norway can build on unique experience from the oil and gas industry, shipping, shipbuilding and renewable energy. The cost of wind power has fallen a lot, and it is likely that it will fall further.”
As part of the consultation, the ministry will also propose regulations that would provide a framework for developing and licensing offshore windfarms in Norwegian waters.
Norway may never build offshore windfarms in large numbers in its own waters, but it has massive offshore expertise that can create opportunities around the world for Norwegian companies. It also has Equinor, one of the world’s leading energy companies, that is building a position in renewable energy, in particular in offshore wind.