TotalEnergies, Iberdrola and Norsk Havvind are now known as “Skjoldblad” in Norway
After creating a consortium to develop offshore wind projects in Norway in 2021, TotalEnergies, Iberdrola and Norsk Havvind officially announced the name of the consortium: Skjoldblad.
The three companies joined forces in November 2021 with the aim of responding to the Norwegian 4.5 GW Utsira Nord and Sørlige Nordsjø II tenders for the development of floating and fixed wind projects.
The partners said they would utilize the technical, commercial and project management experience of the owners’ large portfolio of offshore wind projects, their financial strength and their Norwegian and international talents.
The Skjoldblad consortium will also focus on building local industrial expertise, developing Norwegian supply chains and creating new local jobs, according to the companies.
The name of the joint venture is inspired by the naval water plant (Skjoldblad in Norwegian), which grows in the harsh coastal environment of western Norway, according to a press release from ScottishPower Renewables, the subsidiary of Iberdrola.
“The plant is considered Near Threatened. It is a spray-resistant plant and, on a stem, the leaves grow together in community. The factory represents what we represent at Skjoldblad: strength, growth and interaction, which are central factors in the work of building a strong offshore wind industry in Norway”.
Norway will auction the 3 GW of fixed offshore wind capacity in the Sørlige Nordsjø II area in two 1.5 GW phases, with the first 1.5 GW of capacity to be auctioned later this year.
The project(s) selected in this phase will not be interconnected with the grids of other countries and will supply all the electricity produced to the Norwegian grid. The 1.5 GW of capacity in the Sørlige Nordsjø II area awarded in the second auction will have the possibility of exporting the electricity produced outside Norway.
Norway is also preparing to award 1.5 GW of floating wind capacity in the Utsira North region. The call for tenders for this area will be based on qualitative criteria aimed at facilitating innovation and technological development.
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