Blåse and Kongsberg Renewables Technologies signed a memorandum of understanding on Thursday, to promote new and improved technologies for offshore wind development, construction, and operations. The cooperation will support the consortium’s bid to develop and construct floating offshore wind at Utsira Nord, while also exploring opportunities relating to the consortium members’ international offshore wind portfolios.

With today’s signing of the agreement, the Blåse consortium and Kongsberg Renewables Technologies, have agreed to work together to help develop and deploy a range of solutions for the development of floating offshore wind at Utsira Nord floating wind farm.

Ocean space expertise

The scope of cooperation will include solutions within data-driven field development; floating wind automation and control; site- and environmental surveillance; wind farm monitoring and control, and digital twin technologies. Improved solutions would promote efficiency, safety, and security, while also safeguarding the environment, and facilitating co-existence.

Combining the ocean space expertise of KONGSBERG with the extensive offshore and wind energy track record of the Blåse consortium members, will provide the Blåse consortium with a unique yet scalable solution for the Utsira tender, which will award three floating offshore wind development licenses of 500 MW each.

”We believe that the successful deployment and scaling of offshore wind will be vital for the energy transition. As the ocean space experts, we believe KONGSBERG can make significant contributions – not least for floating offshore wind. Working closely with experienced industry players such as the Blåse consortium, will enable us to respond to industry needs in terms of efficiency and sustainability, while promoting Norwegian value chains that can engage this fast-growing global market,” states Geir Håøy, president and CEO of KONGSBERG, and chairman of Kongsberg Renewables Technologies.

Signed with royal presence

“Developing Norwegian renewables is about growing the local economy, creating jobs, fostering innovation, and securing a lasting energy supply for the Norwegian society. Engaging with a trusted and global partner like KONGSBERG is a perfect choice for us to anchor our consortium even deeper into the Norwegian society, while also gaining a prospective new partner for our international business. Joint development of floating offshore wind in Norway is also a sound pathway for advancing the Norwegian industry’s position in the global market to the benefit of future generations,” says Magnus Brogaard Larsen, associate partner at CIP on behalf of the Blåse consortium.

Their Royal Majesties Norwegian King Harald and Queen Sonja, as well as Their Royal Highnesses Danish Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary, were present at the signing, which took place at the Confederation of Danish Industry in Copenhagen on Thursday.

The Norwegian minister of foreign affairs as well as the Norwegian ministers for business and energy and several members of the Danish government also attended.