TotalEnergies will compete in the Norwegian authorities' call for tenders for the development of floating and bottom-fixed wind projects with a total capacity of 4.5 gigawatts at two offshore sites in southern Norway.
The French energy giant has joined forces with Spanish electric utility company Iberdrola and Norwegian wind power project developer Norsk Havvind.
The consortium claims it will leverage the proven technical expertise of its members in both bottom fixed and floating offshore wind, as well as its knowledge of Norway.
If it is successful, the consortium "will focus on strengthening the local industrial competencies and ensuring the successful development of the Norwegian offshore wind supply chain," it said.
Olivier Terneaud, vice president offshore wind at TotalEnergies, said that investing in energy projects in Norway and the North Sea has been at the heart of TotalEnergies' history for several decades, especially in developing the offshore industry.
"The energy transition is gathering speed and Norway, with its world-class wind resources, is a great place to invest in new energy,” he said.
David Rowland, offshore wind business development director at Iberdrola, said the Norwegian play fits with the Spanish company's strategy of consolidating its position as the world's largest renewable-energy company.
"We see very good long-term potential for offshore wind projects in the Norwegian market and are determined to strengthen skills and the supply chain in the North Sea offshore wind industry,” he said.
Earlier this year, Norway announced plans for offshore wind developments for floating wind at Utsira Nord and bottom-fixed in Norway's southernmost part of the North Sea.
TotalEnergies is the last of a long line of oil majors that have announced partnerships with Norwegian companies and plans to bid in the auctions. Equinor, BP, Shell and Eni have already announced intentions to bid.
The government aims to announce details of the auction for the Sorlige Nordsjo II wind developments in the first quarter of 2022. It is uncertain when it will announce the auction for Utsira Nord.
The government has set a maximum combined capacity of 4.5 GW for these offshore wind development projects — 3 GW at Sorlige Nordsjo II and 1.5 GW at Utsira Nord.