Iberdrola, TotalEnergies, and Norsk Havvind have jointly responded to the call for tenders for the development of floating and bottom-fixed wind projects for a cumulated capacity of 4.5 GW at two offshore sites in southern Norway.
The consortium said it will leverage in its offer the proven technical expertise of its members in both bottom-fixed and floating offshore wind, as well as its in-depth knowledge of the challenges, territories, and stakeholders in Norway.
”This agreement in Norway fits with Iberdrola’s strategy to consolidate its position as the world’s largest renewable energy company and builds on previous transactions and investments in offshore wind carried out by the company in recent years. We see very good long-term potential for offshore wind projects in the Norwegian market and are determined to strengthen skills and the supply chain in the North Sea offshore wind industry,” said David Rowland, Offshore Wind Business Development Director at Iberdrola.
Additionally, on a successful award, the consortium said it will focus on strengthening the local industrial competencies and ensuring the successful development of the Norwegian offshore wind supply chain.
”Investing in energy projects in Norway and the North Sea has been at the heart of TotalEnergies’ history for several decades, especially in developing the offshore industry,” said Olivier Terneaud, VP offshore wind at TotalEnergies.
”As a global multi-energy company, TotalEnergies is therefore delighted to join forces with Iberdrola and Norsk Havvind to develop Norway’s great offshore wind potential. The energy transition is gathering speed and Norway, with its world-class wind resources, is a great place to invest in new energy.”
Norsk Havvind is an independent and technology-neutral developer of offshore wind projects in Norway and abroad. The company is a subsidiary of Valinor, a Norwegian family-owned investment company.
”Together with our partners Iberdrola and TotalEnergies we will work hard to develop the Norwegian offshore wind industry, reduce emissions and create new jobs for the Norwegian supply chain,” said Peder Sortland, CEO at Norsk Havvind.
The Norwegian Government has identified two sites, Utsira Nord and Soerlige Nordsjoe II, for the development of up to 4.5 GW of floating and bottom-fixed offshore wind capacity.
Utsira Nord, an area of 1,000 square kilometres is located northwest of Stavanger and is seen as suitable for floating wind power. Soerlige Nordsjoe II, covering some 2,590 square kilometres and bordering the Danish sector of the North Sea, is suitable for bottom-fixed wind power turbines.