Marine Energy Test Center (METCentre) has been licensed four new test slots for offshore wind turbines on the Norwegian west coast. METCentre currently holds concessions for seven floating offshore wind turbines and two bottom fixed.
– This expansion strengthens Norway’s position as an international pioneer in floating offshore wind, says Arvid Nesse, head of METCentre and Norwegian Offshore Wind.
The world’s first floating offshore wind turbine has been tested at the METCentre since 2009, and last year it was joined by the Danish-developed TetraSpar turbine. Now that these latest licenses are in place, means that there will be five more turbines installed by 2026.
Agreements have already been signed with companies for the expanded test capacity.
– The expansion of the METCentre is very good news for the Norwegian supply chain. It is not just technology being tested here, but actually the entire process from planning, logistics, transport, environmental impact and installation, explains Arvid Nesse.
Over thirty Norwegian companies secured contracts when the TetraSpar turbine was installed. Many Norwegian suppliers are also involved in monitoring and operating the turbines, including the company Spoor which uses the test center to develop technology for monitoring and studying how the wind turbines affect birdlife.
These four new turbines will result in new projects for both local and national suppliers.
– The extensive testing at METCentre will give Norway a head-start in investing in this industry on a large scale. This experience is invaluable in order for us to co-exist with other industries, and to further reduce the costs of floating offshore wind, says Nesse.