Norway opens up to 4.5 GW of offshore wind

The Norwegian government opens to license applications for offshore wind both at the border with Denmark and at an upcoming oil field, where Aker BP hopes to set up wind turbines.

Photo: Hans Kristian Thorbjørnsen / Høyre

For the first time, Norway opens up to license applications for offshore wind areas. The Norwegian government has decided that regions Sørlige Nordsjø II at the border with Denmark and Utsira Nord off the coast of Haugesund will open to applications. Combined, the two regions are expected to house a capacity of 4.5 GW, the government announces on Friday.

"Offshore wind power offers great [opportunities] for Norwegian businesses. In the immediate future the market will be in other countries, but if the costs for offshore wind power continues to fall it could also become competitive in Norway. It is now time to prepare for the future development by allocating space for offshore renewables," says Energy Minister Tina Bru (Conservative Party).

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