Ørsted mulls connecting Norwegian offshore wind to other countries

The gigawatt-class offshore wind area bordering the Danish North Sea where Ørsted is making a bid in a new consortium, can possibly be connected to other countries, says regional head. However, he doesn't comment whether a potential solution will be tied to the forthcoming energy island around 100 kilometers away.

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Floating offshore wind was a natural main focus on Wednesday when Ørsted announced its entry into Norwegian offshore wind in a consortium with Fred. Olsen Renewables and Hafslund Eco. After all, it's the first time the global market leader declares its ambition to build the new type of wind tech, which the utility has otherwise been outwardly reserved toward up until now.

But although the floating wind set for establishment in the Utsira Nord region might be the most conspicuous effort, it's not the only one. The draft framework for Norway's first offshore wind tender slated for presentation today also pertains to region Sørlige Nordsjjø II, which will be filled with fixed-bottom wind turbines. These are also expected to comprise the far greatest volume of up to 3.5 GW distributed across two to three sites.

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