September 28 (Renewables Now) - Norwegian consortium Norseman Wind and Germany utility EnBW (ETR:EB) will move their project base to Kristiansand, southern Norway, as they gear up to compete for the 1.5-GW Sorlige Nordsjo II offshore wind site in Norwegian waters.
Sorlige Nordsjo II, or Southern North Sea II, is a short distance from the port city of Kristiansand, where the partners will now set up the development, operation and maintenance base, EnBW said.
The new location also has good access to well-qualified labour and the GCE Node cluster, the Kristiansand-based cluster for ocean technologies that gathers around 100 companies.
The previous Sorlige Nordsjo II base was in Stavanger, GCE Node said separately.
The Norwegian ministry of petroleum and energy is expected to announce the auction round for the offshore wind site in the first quarter of 2023. If Norseman Wind and EnBW end up winning the area, they plan to invest around NOK 35 billion (USD 3.23bn/EUR 3.36bn) in the wind farm development. EnBW said that about half of the investment amount would go to the Norwegian supplier industry, creating opportunities for the GCE Node cluster.
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