The Ministry also asks for input on the southern area of Sørlige Nordsjø II.

Utsira Nord is suitable for floating offshore wind, a technology there is a high expectation on in these days. I will also ask for input whether we shall open the era of Sørlige Nordsjø II, which is close to the territorial border to Denmark and therefore can be suitable for connections to the energy system on the continent,

...says Mr. Kjell-Børge Freiberg, Minister of petroleum and energy.

The government proposed a strategy for floating offshore wind in the state budget for 2018.

The Norwegian government aims to increase the export of goods and services from Norwegian businesses to the offshore wind industry.

Offshore wind proposes great opportunities for Norwegian businesses. Norway can offer a unique experience from the oil and gas industry, shipping, shipyards and renewable energy. The costs of offshore wind have decreased a lot lately, and most likely, it will continue to decrease,

...adds minister Freiberg.

As part of the hearing, the ministry will also suggest a regulation to the ocean energy law.