German utility EnBW and Norwegian oil major Equinor plan to jointly pursue offshore wind development in Germany this year, as the country prepares to auction 7GW of new capacity.
The partnership marks the first time the companies have worked together in offshore wind.
Germany is due to tender four sites with a combined capacity of 7GW this year, with the auction set to feature so-called ‘negative bidding’ – whereby developers can pay for the rights to a lease.
Germany is also due to announce plans for a further 1.9GW offshore wind tender by 1 March.
Equinor has helped to develop more than 1.1GW of operational offshore wind capacity in Germany, Norway and the UK, according to Windpower Intelligence, the research and data division of Windpower Monthly. It is helping to develop a further 34GW in Asia Pacific, Europe, South America, and the US.
Meanwhile, EnBW has helped to develop 945MW of operational offshore wind capacity in Germany, and is helping to develop a further 9.7GW in Asia Pacific, Europea and the US.