Ørsted withdraws from Norwegian offshore wind consortium

Danish renewables major Ørsted has withdrawn from a consortium planning to bid in one of Norway’s upcoming offshore wind tenders to prioritise business development and bidding activities elsewhere.

It had joined the Blåvinge consortium alongside infrastructure group Hafslund Eco and developer Fred Olsen Seawind in June 2021, but has now pulled out of the bidding group.

Alana Kühne, Ørsted's head of new markets in Europe, told Windpower Monthly: “We are carefully prioritising our investments and therefore adjusting business development and bidding activities, particularly in some of our new markets.

"As part of this we have decided not to prioritise offshore wind development in Norway for now and will therefore not be participating in the upcoming tenders for offshore wind. With this decision we will be stepping out of the Blåvinge partnership. We wish Blåvinge every success in their future participation in offshore wind tenders in Norway.” 

The Blåvinge consortium will now also only target development of floating wind the Utsira Nord areas off of Norway in the country's postponed auction. It will not pursue the Sørlige Nordsjø II area as it had initially planned, and explained it is not in a position to do so.