Norway Seeks Consultancy Services for Offshore Wind Auction Model

Norway’s Ministry of Petroleum and Energy is seeking consultancy assistance in designing an auction model for the first 1,500 MW of offshore wind capacity at the Sørlige Nordsjø II (Southern North Sea II) area.

As previously reported, the 3 GW of fixed-bottom capacity at the Sørlige Nordsjø II zone will be auctioned off in two 1.5 GW phases.

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The auction for the first 1.5 GW of capacity is expected to take place during this year.

The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy is now in the process of developing an auction model that will enable the first phase of the Sørlige Nordsjø II to be realized.

The chosen consultant is expected to prepare an auction model for the Southern Sørlige Nordsjø II area, as well as assist in holding this auction.

The assignment includes preparing an overall auction model for the Southern Sørlige Nordsjø II area, including the design of a possible support system for phase one of the Sørlige Nordsjø II area.

The remaining parts of the assignment are limited to phase one of the Sørlige Nordsjø II area, and include assistance in connection with the hearing process of the proposed auction model, the development of specific auction rules and a possible support system, the development/procurement of auction software, and assistance during the auction itself.

The twelve-month contract is valued at up to NOK 3 million (around EUR 300,000) and the interested parties have until 29 June to apply.

The project/s selected in this phase will not be inter-connected to the grids of other countries and will deliver all of the generated electricity to the Norwegian grid. The 1.5 GW of capacity at the Sørlige Nordsjø II zone awarded in the second auction will have the option to export the generated electricity outside Norway.

Norway is also preparing to award 1.5 GW of floating wind capacity at the Utsira Nord area using qualitative criteria and not an auction model. The qualitative criteria entail facilitating innovation and technology development.

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The industry has also emphasised qualitative criteria as the preferred allocation model, with clear and objective criteria and an aim to facilitate the development of the supply chain.

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