Input to the framework for Utsira North and Southern North Sea II
The Minister of Petroleum and Energy Terje Aasland visiting the METCentre. PHOTO: Arne Vatnøy/Norwegian Offshore Wind
Norwegian Offshore Wind urges the ministry to choose solutions that ensures high speed and great diversity.
For Utisra North, we believe it is possible to give support to three projects of 500 MW each and still keep a strong competition. With more developers, more supply chains will prosper, and more technology will be used. Such a dynamic will help to build a strong and internationally competitive Norwegian industry.
As can be seen from the qualitative criteria, area efficiency will be an important element in assessing sustainability. Area utilization can also be an important competitive advantage that reduces area conflicts and costs. We would therefore like to encourage the ministry to allow for the highest possible power production on the allocated areas.
In May 2021, Norwegian Offshore Wind received a study from Aabø PowerConsulting which indicates that there is capacity in the existing grid for a minimum of 2.7 GW from Utsira Nord. This shows that there is sufficient capacity in the network to be able to handle any higher volumes from Utsira Nord
For Southern North Sea II ee support the pre-qualification criteria feasibility, sustainability, and positive local ripple effects. We recommend that between 3-6 consortia be prequalified.