Norway is set to host its first offshore wind round, aiming to award the SNII site by February next year
Seven developers have submitted pre-qualification applications for the first offshore wind round in Norway. The area on offer, the Sørlige Nordsjø II phase 1 site, is a 1500 MW fixed project area with envisioned first power by 2030.
The deadline for the applications for pre-qualifications has been postponed several times, with the original date set to 1. September. A number of consortia and developers have recently withdrawn from the SNII round, including the Blåvinge consortia and the Brigg consortia, citing challenges seeing the project as profitable given the current subsidy levels and project costs.
The consortia and developers having submitted applications are:
Aker Offshore Wind, BP and Statkraft
Equinor and RWE
Shell, Lyse and Eviny
Mingyang Smart Energy
Parkwind and Ingka
The OED will now assess the applications against the round’s minimum requirements, with the hopes of pre-qualifying at least six of the consortia and developers. The developers qualified for the auction are currently expected to be announced in January next year, with the auction to allocate the site expected to follow in February.
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