The Norwegian governement announced today its intentions of making concessions available to install 30 GW of offshore wind capacity by 2040. Such a capacity corresponds roughly to the country’s entire electricity consumption. In concrete terms, it means the installation of around 1500 wind turbines at sea.
The announcement was made by prime minister Jonas Gahr Støre (Ap), minister of Finance Trygve Slagsvold Vedum (Sv), Minister for Industry Jan Christian Vestre (Ap) and Minister for Petroleum and Energy Terje Aasland (Ap).
« This is a historic, green industrial boost for Norway and will provide abundant renewable energy in the future, says prime minister Jonas Gahr Støre. The objective is to give the people and the industry large amounts of inexpensive power. If we want to succeed, we have to act now, and we have to build on a large scale. »
In February, the government had given the green light for developing one of the two areas designated already designated for development by the previous government: Sørlige Nordsjø II. The new target announced today will require the opening of areas totaling 5 to 6 times the area of Sørlige Nordsjø II.
« This is great news, says NorthWind centre director John Olav Tande. Development in the field goes hand in hand with research, and the coming projects will make it possible to improve the technology even further. »
See the government’s own press release on the topic (in Norwegian).