The company hoping to construct Norway’s first planned offshore wind farm has decided to put the development on hold, with its chairman stating that the project is suffering from a lack of political will.
“The necessary support for offshore wind from political leaders is absent,” said Wenche Teigland, chairman of the board of Vestavind Offshore on the company website, as he announced construction of the wind farm is to halt until further notice.
Norway has some of Europe’s best conditions for wind power production, with strong winds distributed across large areas and the potential to install as much as 30000 megawatts of offshore turbine capacity, according to the country’s energy and water directorate.
In 2009, Vestavind Offshore obtained a license from Norway’s ministry of petroleum and energy to build the 350 MW wind farm, Havsul-1, in the central region.
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