Statkraft has signed a cooperation agreement with Aker Offshore Wind and Aker Horizons to explore the possibility of developing, operating and delivering energy from offshore wind projects in Norway. This agreement comes against the backdrop of the Norwegian government’s announcement regarding applications for licenses for wind power development in two areas in the North Sea, namely “Utsira Nord” and “Sørlige Nordsjø II”. The said cooperation plans to explore the possibility of setting up a bottom-fixed offshore wind project at Sørlige Nordsjø II (“SN2”).
The two parties will establish an integrated project team with equal partnership to jointly prepare and submit project application as well as work together on further development activities. Falling investment costs for offshore wind projects combined with the location of “SN2” project that can facilitate export of this power to other European markets presents an attractive opportunity to the two companies.
Statkraft is a leading generator of renewable energy in Europe as well as a global hydropower player. The Group produces hydropower, wind power, solar power, gas-fired power and supplies district heating. Statkraft aims to be a global leader in renewable energy and is extensively building its wind and solar portfolio.
Aker Offshore Wind is an offshore wind developer headquartered in Norway with focus on assets in deep waters. The company’s current portfolio consists of development projects and prospects located in Asia, North America and Europe. The company is majority-owned by Aker Horizons, an investment company dedicated to creating value and reducing emissions from renewable energy and decarbonisation technologies.