OSLO, Norway — The Norwegian government is seeking dialogue with the offshore wind sector and others to guide its tender documents for upcoming auctions of two offshore wind areas.
Terje Aasland, Minister of Petroleum and Energy, said the government planned to allocate areas suitable for 30,000 MW of offshore wind by 2040.
A package sent for public consultation includes the government's proposal for prequalification and qualitative criteria and the allocation, auction and support model, along with an overview of the division of the areas covered in Sørlige Nordsjø II and Utsira Nord.
Interested bidders will undergo a prequalification, with a limited number going forward for the further competition. In the package, the government seeks input on how this upper limit should be set.
The proposed model is an "Anglo-Dutch auction," one aim being to minimize the level of state funding for any awards.
Areas in Utsira Nord will be awarded on the basis of qualitative criteria, notably support for innovation and technology development in floating offshore wind.
Utsira Nord will be divided into three areas, with a wind power plant of 500 MW to be built within each area.