Norseman is a large industrial project that will generate many jobs in the mainland economy and provide Norway with additional electricity.
Norseman’s construction of Sørlige Nordsjø II will cost NOK 30-35 billion, and the ambition is that at least 50% of that will be contracts awarded to the Norwegian supplier industry. This will kickstart the Norwegian offshore wind industry thus generate large export opportunities for many decades.
On the supplier side, Aker Solutions is the preferred partner for installation and development. They will construct the bottom-fixed foundations, the platform for the offshore HVDC transformer station, and be in charge of installation. This will create 500-700 industrial jobs, and a total of 2000 new jobs including many further direct and indirect local opportunities.
Norseman will also build bases for operations, maintenance and logistics in Rogaland and Agder, Norway with local partners who will receive contracts for NOK 600-800 million a year in the operational phase.
Norseman’s goal is to contribute to Norway developing entire value chains for offshore wind that is going to become a major industry both in Europe and elsewhere in the world.
Much of this will be from for bottom-fixed offshore wind in Northern Europe, giving the Norwegian supplier industry promising opportunities to deliver to using the value chains being developed by the Norseman project. Offshore wind has the potential to become Norway’s future core industry.
The EU will make offshore wind its most important source of energy by 2040. EUR 600 billion will be invested in development and EUR 200 billion in operations and maintenance in the coming decades.
Much of this will be from bottom-fixed offshore wind in Northern Europe, giving the Norwegian supplier industry good opportunities to deliver to using the value chains being developed by the Norseman project.
Offshore wind can basically become a new Norwegian industrial adventure.
The Norseman consortium consists of:
Owners: The German energy company EnBW and ASKO Fornybar/NorgesGruppen.
Main suppliers for development: Aker Solutions, Hitachi ABB Power Grids and NOV.
Operations, maintenance and logistics: Energy Innovation, Caera, Seafront and OSM.
Hydrogen solutions: Greenstat.