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    Norway : Powerful investment in offshore wind


    May 14, 2022 - TendersInfo - News

     

      The government is today presenting a large-scale investment in offshore wind. The ambition is that almost as much new power will be produced from offshore wind as we produce in total in Norway today. The investment will contribute to power for people and companies across the country.

      From day one in government, we have worked to develop Norway as an offshore wind nation. With favorable sea areas, workers with world-leading technology expertise and good cooperation between the state and business, we all have the prerequisites for success, says Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Stre.

      Four months after the government took over, the framework for the allocation of the first large areas for offshore wind was launched - Utsira North and Southern North Sea II. At the same time, work was started to map possible new areas along the coast that can be prepared for offshore wind.

      Today we launch a large-scale investment in offshore wind. Our ambition is that by 2040 we will allocate areas for 30,000 MW offshore wind production in Norway.

      This is a sum that corresponds to almost as much power as we produce today. With this ambition, we go from the two offshore wind turbines that are in operation today to about 1500 offshore wind turbines. The construction will take place over the next 20 years, says Gahr Stre.

      The Prime Minister refers to the initiative as a milestone in Norwegian industrial and energy history.

      - This is a green industrial boost in Norway and can provide abundant amounts of renewable energy in the future. The goal of the development is to give people and companies large amounts of reasonable power. If we are to achieve that, we have to invest now. And we must invest on a large scale, he says.

      The government will facilitate a large-scale offshore wind development that allows for the use of various grid solutions. Cables with two-way power flow, radials to Europe and radials to Norway will be considered for each call. The Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE) and the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (MPE) will study the consequences of the alternatives.

      When choosing an offshore grid solution that involves connection to the Norwegian power system, the technical design of the plant must ensure national interests, including security of supply and reasonable electricity prices for households, industry and business.

      The goal is to give people and companies large amounts of affordable power, which can create jobs across the country. We are concerned with securing grid solutions that ensure more power to Norway and that provide good grid solutions for offshore wind investments. This investment is also the answer to electrifying the Norwegian continental shelf. We will also study how a future ground rent tax on offshore wind can be set up, to ensure that a larger share of the profits in the industry is brought in to the community, says Minister of Finance Trygve Slagsvold Vedum.

      The Government aims to carry out the next round of awarding licenses for offshore wind in new areas in 2025. The MPE will consider how we can streamline license processing by assessing the license and approval of the detailed plan as a whole, thus saving time.

      We must be fast, but also wise. Our ambition corresponds to a power volume that is on a par with the entire Norwegian power system. Therefore, we must do this step by step, to learn along the way. We want to preserve what is Norway's most important advantage in the power area: A secure and efficient power supply that is developed in a gentle way in interaction with fisheries and other important interests, says Minister of Petroleum and Energy Terje Aasland.

      The government is planning a step-by-step allocation of land. The goal is to open a total area of ??about 5-6 times Southern North Sea II, or approx. 1 percent of Norwegian sea areas.

      The Norwegian power grid will not be able to handle such a large amount of power as the ambition of 30,000 MW offshore wind production is. It is therefore a prerequisite that significant parts of the power produced will go to other countries . Increased offshore wind production can also help cover power needs in the petroleum business. The Government will therefore consider how the petroleum industry can best contribute, so that the investment in offshore wind also facilitates electrification of the shelf.

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