Norwegian engineering firm Aker Offshore Wind, the state power generator Statkraft and the Portuguese-French joint venture Ocean Winds are to bid collectively for contracts to build and operate offshore wind and associated infrastructure in the Utsira Nord license area in Norway.
They announced on 5 November the creation of an equal partnership that will submit an application to the Norwegian authorities for the development of a commercial scale floating offshore wind farm in the particularly windy area.
The consortium covers the full value chain from development to delivery of offshore green energy to market. Aker Offshore Wind and Ocean Winds have partnered on other projects in the US, South Korea and most recently in Scotland.
Aker Offshore Wind 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 industrialise technology based on Principle Power’s market-leading floating substructure technology.”