Aker, Ocean Winds and Statkraft Unite to Develop Floating Offshore Wind in 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 for the Utsira Nord license area in Norway.
November 08, 2021. By News Bureau
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.
Combining five decades of North Sea expertise in offshore development, execution, and marine operations from the Aker group of companies, the experience of Ocean Winds in developing, building, and operating bottom-fixed and floating offshore winds farms globally, and Statkraft's deep expertise in renewable energy development, operations and management, 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 California, USA, South Korea and most recently in Scotland. Statkraft and Aker Offshore Wind have a well-established partnership for the Sørlige Nordsjø II area in Norway.
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. Aker Offshore Wind brings the capabilities and experience from five decades in the offshore industry to scale and industrialize floating wind in a sustainable way. 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, Chief Executive Officer of Statkraft, said: "As Europe's largest producer of renewable energy, Statkraft's competence in wind farm development and operations, and expertise in energy management provide a good foundation for success. By entering today's cooperation, we are expanding our offshore wind exploration in Norway to floating technologies. 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."
Spyridon Martinis, Chief Executive Officer of Ocean Winds, said: "Our aim is to deploy all the know-how, experience and technology of Ocean Winds, especially the one acquired at Windfloat Atlantic, the world's first semi-submersible floating wind farm in operation since last year, to contribute the best to the new Utsira Nord project.
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