OSLO, June 9 (Reuters) - Norway has earmarked two areas in
the North Sea to accommodate up to 4.5 gigawatt (GW) of floating
and bottom-fixed wind turbine capacity and will identify
additional offshore areas for development amid strong interest
from energy firms.
Utsira Nord, an area of 1,000 square km (386.1 square
miles), is located northwest of the oil industry capital
Stavanger and is seen as suitable for floating wind power.
Soerlige Nordsjoe II, some 2,590 square km and bordering the
Danish sector of the North Sea, is suitable for bottom-fixed
wind power turbines.
Companies and joint ventures likely to participate include
Denmark's Orsted has formed a consortium with Fred. Olsen
Renewables, a subsidiary of Bonheur and utility
Hafslund-Eco, which plans to jointly develop offshore wind in
Equinor will seek acreage in both areas. It is
planning a bid with Eni renewables unit Vaargroenn for a
floating offshore wind farm at Utsira North and has teamed up
with Germany's RWE and Norsk Hydro for a
planned wind farm at Soerlige Nordsjoe II.
Germany's EnBW and several Norwegian partners,
including wholesale and retail food supplier Norgesgruppen, have
announced the Norseman Consortia initiative to develop a 1.4 GW
wind farm in the Soerlige Nordsjoe II area.
Aker Offshore Wind (>> Aker Offshore Wind AS) is planning the 0.5 GW
Vestavindar project at Utsira Nord and the 1.2 GW Soennavindar
project at Soerlige Nordsjoe II. It has entered a partnership
with top utility Statkraft to develop the latter
Italy's Eni and Norway's HitecVision
have formed the Vaargroenn joint venture and seek acreage at
Soerlige Nordsjoe II together with utility Agder Energi
Magnora and TechnipFMC plan to bid for a
site at Utsira Nord through their Magnora Offshore Wind
Deep Wind Offshore, a joint venture of shipping company
Knutsen OAS and utilities Haugaland Kraft and Sunnhordland
Kraftlag, plans projects for both sites.
Seagust, a joint venture by industrial investment firms
Arendals Fossekompani (AFK) and Ferd, is considering
bids for both areas.
A joint venture of offshore supply firm NorSea, majority
owned by shipping firm Wilhemsen, and Belgian offshore
wind development firm Parkwind has said it plans to apply for
licences in both areas.
Shell has said it is considering a participation in
the tenders and that its sees large potential in Norwegian
(Reporting by Nora Buli; Editing by Barbara Lewis and Jan