The Norwegian government presented its large-scale plan for the development of offshore wind in Norway.
In 2020 the Norwegian government opened two new areas for the development of offshore wind in Norway – Utsira Nord (up to 1500 MW) and Sørlige Nordsjø II (up to 3000 MW). At the same time, work began to identify possible new areas along the coast that were suitable for renewable energy production. On May 11, 2022 the government went further in this process by launching an ambitious long-term plan for the development of offshore wind in Norway.
The overall goal in the presented plan is to allocate areas for 30 000 MW offshore wind power production by 2040. This number corresponds very closely to the total amount of power that is produced in Norway today. To achieve this goal, the government estimates that 1500 new wind turbines should be installed within the next 20 years. The Norwegian prime minister refers to this initiative as a “milestone” in the history of Norwegian industry and energy.