New alliance to take position in Norwegian offshore wind
Parkwind and NorSea have established an alliance with the intention to apply in the license round for offshore wind acreages in Norway.
The offshore wind alliance will contribute substantially to Norway’s ambitious goal to be a low-emission society and to be part of the energy transition in the European market.
“Success in offshore wind is a team effort. Together with our Norwegian partners, we are able to offer a competitive value proposition by matching local expertise with over a decade of offshore wind experience”, comments Francois Van Leeuw, co-CEO of Parkwind.
With Parkwind the alliance brings extensive competence, network and value chain experience, through 10 years of experience in developing, financing, constructing and operating offshore wind farms in the European market.
With its focus on local value creation and content, the alliance will strengthen the Stavanger region’s ambitions and position as Norway’s energy capital.
“Our project will be run through a Norwegian company with headquarters and operations based in the Stavanger-region. We will benefit from NorSea’s 55 years of experience in the Norwegian offshore industry, as well as our valuable insights from other wind ventures both in the NorSea group and Parkwind’s extensive portfolio”, says John E. Stangeland, CEO of NorSea.
In addition to Parkwind and NorSea, the Wilhelmsen group as NorSea’s majority shareholder, is an active contributor to the alliance. The alliance’s combination of strong local industrial position together with extensive experience in offshore wind development, makes a considerable value-creation opportunity for all stakeholders.
“This is a complementary, industrial alliance with reputable parties combining local, national and international experience, expertise and capital, sharing the long-term renewable energy mission and complying with the highest environmental standards”, says Jan Eyvin Wang, Executive vice president for New Energy in the Wilhelmsen group.
NorSea has more than 55 years of history at the core of the Norwegian offshore industry. The company is a complete supplier of port services, base and logistics solutions to customers in both the oil and gas industry, the aquaculture industry, the wind industry, and other maritime industries. The NorSea Group currently operates nine offshore bases and port facilities along the coast of Norway, as well as bases in Denmark and the UK.
In recent years, NorSea has also built up an ever-increasing business in renewable industries such as offshore wind. Including a number of project assignments and service deliveries related to mobilization and project logistics, maintenance and modification services, hiring of technical personnel, marine support, etc.
In 2019, NorSea had a turnover of around NOK 2.1 billion and around 900 employees. NorSea is 75% owned by Wilh. Wilhelmsen and is thus an integral part of a large worldwide network within the maritime industry. Read more at https://norseagroup.com
Wilhelmsen is a global maritime industrial group founded in Tønsberg in 1861. Through the world’s largest maritime network with operations in more than 2 200 ports worldwide, Wilhelmsen sells products and services to more than half of the global merchant fleet. Wilhelmsen also operates and manages some of the most complex ships in the world. Wilhelmsen develops innovative and challenging solutions that shape the maritime industry through the use of technology and by investing in the energy transition and the green shift. With thousands of employees in over 60 countries, Wilhelmsen takes competence, sustainability, innovation and customer focus a step further. Read more at www.wilhelmsen.com
Parkwind is an independent, family-owned company that develops, finances, and operates offshore wind farms. With more than a decade of experience and 771 MW under operational management in the Belgian North Sea, Parkwind is currently expanding internationally. With active projects at various stages of development in Germany and Ireland, Parkwind is set to add another 1.1 GW of capacity under its management.
Committed to making green energy available and affordable for everyone through its unique approach covering the entire value chain of offshore wind, Parkwind has established itself as a reliable and competitive partner to communities, governments and suppliers globally.
Composed of over 120 professionals operating from offices in Belgium and Ireland, Parkwind is focused on the offshore wind energy activities of its Belgian shareholder Virya, which is owned by the Colruyt Group and Korys. Learn more at www.parkwind.eu