LYSAKER, Norway – Aker Offshore Wind, Ocean Winds, and Statkraft have signed a collaboration agreement to bid for, develop, construct, and operate offshore wind and associated infrastructure in the Utsira Nord license area in Norway.
The equal partnership will submit an application to the Norwegian authorities for the development of a commercial scale floating offshore wind farm in the Utsira Nord license area in the Norwegian North Sea.
Utsira Nord, an area off the coast of Haugesund in western Norway, is known for having consistently strong winds.
Kristian Røkke, chairman of Aker Offshore Wind and CEO of Aker Horizons, said: “Together with Ocean Winds and Statkraft, we have formed a partnership of experienced developers and operators to push the boundaries for offshore floating wind and develop new value chains for Norwegian industry… At Utsira Nord, the ambition is to further develop and industrialize technology based on Principle Power’s market-leading floating substructure technology.”
Christian Rynning-Tønnesen, CEO of Statkraft, said: “… As a result of promising developments, cost reductions, increasing electrification, rising demand for renewable energy and favorable regulatory frameworks, Statkraft views this market opportunity as a long-term value creative addition to our portfolio.”
Aker Offshore Wind and Ocean Winds have partnered on other projects in California, South Korea, and most recently in Scotland. Statkraft and Aker Offshore Wind have a partnership for the Sørlige Nordsjø II area in Norway.