Norway – Equinor and Vårgrønn will jointly apply for offshore wind acreage in Norway for the Utsira Nord area.
Through a collaboration agreement Equinor and Vårgrønn a Norwegian renewable energy company established by HitecVision and Eni, aim to jointly prepare and submit an application to the Norwegian authorities to develop floating offshore wind at Utsira Nord west off Utsira and Haugalandet in the Norwegian North Sea.
Norwegian offshore wind licensing
The Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy has opened two areas for offshore renewables – Utsira Nord and Sørlige Nordsjø II, and the authorities are currently working on the licensing process for Norwegian offshore wind power projects.
The North Sea has some of the world’s best wind resources and is well known to the two offshore wind energy companies.
“A floating offshore wind farm at this location could be the next project at scale to drive industrialisation of floating offshore wind and create new opportunities for Norwegian industry,” said Executive VP for New energy solutions in Equinor, Pål Eitrheim.