Norway turns around, rejects 350-MW offshore wind farm

The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy has denied an extension of the deadline for two Statkraft projects and reverses a previous decision on a nearshore wind farm.

Photo: Fred. Olsen Windcarrier

The Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy on Friday upheld previous decisions to not extend the licenses for wind farms Remmafjellet and Kvinesheia, while also rescinding an option to extend the deadline for coastal offshore wind project Havsul I of 350 MW.

The Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE) had otherwise given permission last year for Havsul to commission in a time frame extending until Dec. 31, 2025: the second postponement of the nearshore project off Møre, which was initiated in 2008 but in 2012 had its commissioning deadline postponed until 2020. That should have been sufficient time, say the authorities.

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