Aker Solutions has partnered with Mainstream Renewable Power, Ocean Winds and Statkraft for the planned Utsira Nord floating wind project in Norway.

Under the terms of the agreement, the companies will work to develop sustainable and cost-effective technologies for the project.

These will include initiatives for design, construction, fabrication and installation, as well as other solutions and technologies to reduce costs.

The partners will also aim to boost Norway’s floating wind competitiveness by developing capabilities across the supply chain.

The consortium will work on solutions for the entire value chain, from development to the supply of offshore clean energy to market.

It plans to submit an application to develop wind capacity at the Utsira Nord area, which is located offshore from Haugesund, next year.

Aker Solutions renewables executive vice-president Stephen Bull said: “Together with the consortium, we have the experience, innovation and cost-competitive models required to deliver the next full-scale floating offshore wind farm in Norway and take the industry to new, unexplored depths.

“We are excited to build a partnership focused solely on driving forward the next chapter in Norway’s energy legacy, while contributing to the government’s 2050 net-zero target.”

Mainstream Renewable Power offshore wind head Tove Røskaft said: “The offshore wind journey is just getting started in Norway and innovative collaboration models are needed to ensure we position Norway competitively in offshore wind.

“We believe that bringing together the strengths from across the Aker group, along with those of our partners Ocean Winds and Statkraft, will position Utsira Nord at the forefront of the floating wind industry globally, while bringing broad benefits to Norway through new jobs, new technology and new green energy.”

Ocean Winds is a joint venture between EDP Renováveis and French utility firm Engie, while Mainstream Renewable Power is an Aker Horizons company.