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Project finances allocated to studying offshore wind in the southern part of the North Sea

Together with partners, Greenstat has been awarded NOK 550 000 from Vestland County Municipality, for studying optimized use of offshore wind energy at one of the wind parks in the southern North Sea. Hydrogen production, submarine power cables and direct export are all options which will be studied.

“It’s is a pleasure to lift our gazes at an exciting future and promising industry – offshore wind,” Minister of Oil and Energy Tina Bru proclaimed Friday June 12th 2020, when she broke news of a royal resolution to open north Utsira and the southern North Sea II for offshore wind expansion.

This means that it will be possible to apply for concession to build larger offshore wind projects on Norwegian sea base from next year. At the same time, Vestland Municipal County has granted NOK 550 000 in support of a project where Greenstat, in cooperation with Aabø Powerconsulting, Æge Energy Solutions, The University of Bergen (UiB) and Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL), will explore the optimal utilization of offshore wind in the southern North Sea. 

Map Offshore wind North Sea
Map of southern North Sea with possible connections to Norway, offshore installations and the continent.

Greenstat is the initiator and project leader for the project meant to provide a knowledge-based foundation for businesses, investor, politicians and other entities considering offshore wind and/or hydrogen in the North Sea. It turns out, when we add the fact that Norway’s first hydrogen strategy was released Wednesday June 3rd 2020, that the timing couldn’t have been better. By exploring the optimal foundations for offshore wind in the southern North Sea, we wish to lay the groundwork for further investments within both offshore wind and hydrogen. These both have great potential in Norway, and will provide opportunities for further development of an already world-leading maritime industry. 

The offshore wind industry will create jobs, provide renewable energy and create demand for emission-free solutions in regard to building, operating and maintaining the wind parks. The access to renewable energy will provide grounds for the production of clean hydrogen, both offshore and onshore, on a scale allowing competitive prices. A ripple-effect is expected to be felt on transport and industry on land too. All in all, the project will decrease emissions and create thousands of jobs. 

The project’s goal is, in simple terms: 

  • Shed light on laws, regulations and existing plans in Norway and bordering sea areas
  • Analyze and assess possibilities connected to offshore hydrogen production
  • Analyze possibilities of bunkering hydrogen and power with larger ships from offshore energy stations
  • Assess the potential for exporting energy via cable directly to Europe, or to a grid in the North Sea
  • Analyze the possibility of a connection to the Norwegian mainland grid 
  • Compare the different possibilities for using energy from the offshore wind park

“Today, we begin writing a new chapter in the story of Norwegian as a sea nation, an energy nation and renewable nation,” Tina Bru said during the announcement. Greenstat and our partners are looking forward to beginning the work which will open this chapter. 

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