Today the government presented its proposals for the framework for Sørlige Nodsjø II and Utsira Nord. The industry is asked for input with a consultation deadline of January 6.
The government aims to launch the first phase of Sørlige Nordsjø II and Utsira Nord by the end of the first quarter of 2023. Allocation of the area will take place later in the year, towards the summer and autumn.
The government wants a close dialogue with the Norwegian offshore wind industry when the tender documents are to be drawn up. They wish for input on, among other things, pre-qualification, auction model, and support scheme.
“Collaboration is a key to success, and I hope we get a lot of input in the consultation that is now being sent out. This will set the standard for offshore wind in Norway”, says Terje Aasland, minister of Petroleum and Energy.
No big surprises
At this week’s meeting with the Offshore Wind Resource Group, Energy Valley members Equinor, TechnipFMC, Seagust, Vergia, Schlumberger, TGS, DNV, Siemens Energy, Aker Solutions, and ABB gathered to watch the press release.
The industry members were hopeful to be presented with a great Christmas gift but were only left with a tiny one. There was a consensus that what was presented was much as expected with some small corrections.
– Must have a close industry dialogue
In the package sent for consultation, the government’s proposal for pre-qualification criteria, qualitative criteria, and the allocation, auction, and support model are presented. In the hearing, there is also an overview of the division of areas for Southern North Sea II and Utsira Nord.
“The government wants the investment in offshore wind to provide industrial development in Norway, facilitate innovation and technology development, and provide increased production of renewable power. To achieve these goals, we must have a close dialogue with the offshore wind industry and other industries at sea” says Terje Aasland, minister of Petroleum and Energy.