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Equinor, RWE Renewables and Hydro REIN (renewables subsidiary of Hydro) have signed a collaboration agreement to develop offshore wind in Norway.

The partners will jointly prepare and submit an application to the Norwegian authorities to develop a large-scale bottom-fixed offshore wind farm in the Sørlige Nordsjø II area in the Norwegian North Sea.

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The Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy has opened two areas for offshore renewables (Utsira Nord and Sørlige Nordsjø II) and is currently working on the licensing process for offshore wind power projects in Norway. The area borders the Danish sector in the North Sea and is ideally located for the supply of electricity to Europe.

“The North Sea has among the world’s best wind resources. A large-scale offshore wind farm at Sørlige Nordsjø II could play a key role in expanding the North Sea as an offshore energy hub and create new industrial opportunities for Norway as an energy nation,” says Pål Eitrheim, Equinor’s executive vice president New Energy Solutions.

According to Equinor, the Sørlige Nordsjø II area has among the best wind resources in the world with water depths between 53 and 70 meters. The area has the potential to deliver a significant amount of renewable energy to countries aiming to transform their energy mix.

Equinor and RWE have jointly developed the 385MW Arkona offshore wind farm in the German part of the Baltic Sea. This was successfully commissioned in 2019 and is delivering sustainable renewable electricity for the equivalent of 400,000 German households.