The name was revealed at a roundtable session with mayors and other regional stakeholder, including GCE NODE, in Kristiansand Tuesday. Discussings focused on how to maximize positive local benefits from the first Sørlige Nordsjø II projects, while prioritizing environmental sustainability and co-existence with other sea users.
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Wednesday, the consortium will visit three port and harbor facilities across the Agder region. Later this Spring, Brigg Vind will also hold supply chain roadshows in Agder and other regions in Norway.
The Brigg Vind name pays homage to the strong maritime tradition and expertise of Norway. In Norwegian, a Brigg is a sailing vessel with two square-rigged masts. Vind (wind in Norwegian) captures the main business activity of the consortium. An early mover into the Norwegian market, the consortium was first established in 2021 and is now launching its new brand in the lead up to the first Norwegian offshore wind tenders expected to open later this month.
Vårgrønn, a joint venture between Plenitude (Eni) and HitecVision, is Norway’s largest pure-play offshore wind company, Å Energi is one of Norway’s leading renewable companies, and Corio Generation, headquartered in the UK, is an international offshore wind developer and is a portfolio company of the Green Investment Group. Vårgrønn is the project manager for the Brigg Vind consortium.
“In forming the new brand, the companies demonstrate how their collective strengths in offshore wind development, power systems, energy markets and financing have created a consortium uniquely placed to deliver on Norway’s significant offshore wind ambitions,” according to a press release.
Brigg Vind is announcing that it will initially target the first round of awards for offshore wind in the Sørlige Nordsjø II area, in the Southern part of the North Sea. The Norwegian government has previously stated it plans to award up to 1500 MW of capacity in the first phase of the Sørlige Nordsjø II by the end of 2023. The Norwegian government has set a target to award areas equivalent to 30 GW of offshore wind capacity by 2040, with the ambition for Norwegian companies to capture 10 percent of the global offshore wind market by 2030.
By 2050, according to research commissioned by the Brigg Vind partners, Norway’s potential for commercial offshore wind capacity could exceed 50 GW by 2050, potentially creating more than 55,000 new offshore wind jobs in Norway.