• Norway plans first offshore wind power permits in 2022
  • May add more acreage in 2023, energy minister says
  • Minister says stable oil price preferable

OSLO, June 24 (Reuters) – Norway is seeing big interest from energy firms in developing offshore wind farms in its ongoing licensing round and may offer additional acreage in 2023, Minister of Petroleum and Energy Tina Bru told Reuters on Thursday.

“The interest is huge and I’m really looking forward to the developments,” she said, speaking in an interview at the Reuters Events: Global Energy Transition conference.

The Nordic country, better known for its vast oil and gas industry, has already announced plans to award offshore acreage in two locations to companies seeking to set up giant wind turbines.

Close to 30 companies have already expressed an interest in obtaining licences for offshore wind ahead of an application deadline later this year, according to a Reuters tally, and more could…

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