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The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy proposes opening of area for offshore wind

The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy will soon send a proposal on hearing to open the area of Utsira Nord outside the coast of Rogaland for applications on floating offshore wind. The Ministry also asks for input on the southern area of Sørlige Nordsjø II. The hearing will open before the summer.

— Utsira Nord is suitable for floating offshore wind, a technology there is a high expectation on in these days. I will also ask for input whether we shall open the era of Sørlige Nordsjø II, which is close to the territorial border to Denmark and therefore can be suitable for connections to the energy system on the continent, says minister of petroleum and energy, Kjell-Børge Freiberg.

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The government proposed a strategy for floating offshore wind in the state budget for 2018. The government's target is to increase the export of goods and services from Norwegian businesses to this interesting industry.

— Offshore wind proposes great opportunities for Norwegian businesses. Norway can offer a unique experience from the oil and gas industry, shipping, shipyards and renewable energy. The costs of offshore wind have decreased a lot lately, and most likely, it will continue to decrease, says minister Freiberg.

As part of the hearing, the ministry will also suggest a regulation to the ocean energy law. The regulation gives more detailed rules about the license process.

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