Sea Wind and Business | Enova awards $2 billion to offshore wind project

Sea Wind and Business |  Enova awards $2 billion to offshore wind project

The power will be delivered via the Goliath platform in the Barents Sea, which has already been electrified from shore.

Behind GoliatVind is Haugesund-based Source Galileo with an office in Bakerøy, Bergen-based Odfjell Oceanwind and Kansai Electric Power Corporation of Japan.

According to Enova, the capacity will be 75 MW, with an annual production of 320 GWh, which is equivalent to the energy consumption of about 12,000 Norwegian households. Electricity will be produced by five turbines, each with a capacity of 15 megawatts.

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-Very great news

Reverse E24 Gunnar Birkeland, CEO of Galileo, refers to the grant as “absolutely fantastic news.”

In a press release received by Haugesund's Avis, the CEO explains:

– This is very good news. Very proud to receive recognition for the value Goliatvind has as a floating offshore wind demonstration project in Norway. This support is absolutely essential to be able to promote this type of project so early, thus putting Norway on the map and providing increased opportunities for the Norwegian supplier industry, says Birkeland in a press release on Friday afternoon.

Enova's second largest award ever

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– In cooperation with Odfjell Oceanwind and Kansai, we at Source Galileo are working hard for Norway to take a leading position in the development of offshore wind energy. Goliath winds are important for exactly this.

Source Galileo, as mentioned by Haugesunds Avis in a number of instances, has an office in Bakarøy in Haugesund. Birkeland writes to Haugesund's Avis that this is the second largest Enova award ever, and that the Goliatwind project also has an office in Bakarøy in Haugesund.

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– A long step down the road

Odfjell Oceanwind CEO Per Lund tells E24 it's “great news”.

– It will make the project realization much easier. We seized the opportunity and mobilized a large project team that worked hard for several years in the hope of obtaining funding. “This award from Enova means we have come a long way,” Lund says.

Climate and Environment Minister Andreas Bjelland Eriksen (AFP) welcomed the award and noted that there is a great need for more renewable energy as well as limited available areas on Earth.

Through this award, Enova contributes to offering new solutions so that floating offshore wind becomes a competitive alternative in the future. In addition, the project will strengthen the Norwegian offshore wind supply chain and enhance Finnmark's energy balance, says Eriksen.

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