On behalf of the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy and The Federation of Norwegian Industries, the competence center will map competence levels and identify competence gaps in the Norwegian offshore wind industry.
“This is a great acknowledgement of the newly established competence center. We are building a competence hub, an important contributor to the successful build-up of a new Norwegian industry. Mapping offshore wind competence is an assignment perfectly aligned with the purpose of the competence center,” says Rune Klausen, Interim CEO of the center (Nasjonalt kompetansesenter for havvind).
Participating companies in the NOK 1.5 million project named VindKomp, are Equinor, Aker Solutions, TechnipFMC, Aibel, ABB, Siemens Energy, Mainstream, Deep Wind Offshore, Fred Olsen, Statkraft, IKM, Energy Innovation, Å Energy, LO, Fornybar Norge, Offshore Norge, Sintef, and Vårgrønn.
“We will document the current competence levels, the need for competence throughout the value chain, and the various educational courses offered by high schools, vocational schools, and colleges and universities. The goal is to identify any competence gaps and to develop and implement a national plan to close the gaps,” says Klausen.
“VindKomp may serve as an enabler for a successful build-up of a Norwegian offshore wind industry with global ambitions,” says Klausen.
Being contracted to do this mapping on behalf of Norwegian society, provides a strong start for the National Competence Center for Offshore Wind.
“Both the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy and The Federation of Norwegian Industry recognize the value of the competence center and understands how it can serve Norway and Norwegian industry. We are pleased to get started,” says Klausen.
The initial phase of the VindKomp project commences in October. The final report is scheduled to be delivered by August 2024.