Shell has partnered with renewable energy companies BKK and Lyse to apply for the licenses for developing two offshore wind fields in Norway.

The Sørlige Nordsjø II and Utsira Nord offshore fields have been opened up by the Norwegian authorities for development.

The three companies recently signed a cooperation agreement plan to develop offshore wind projects in these regions.

Norske Shell CEO Marianne Olsnes said: “We are establishing a long-term, industrial partnership with a common ambition to be central in the work with green change.

“With this, we will contribute to the development of profitable jobs and sustainable industry in Norway.

“Working together, we can offer the best, from global to local resources, in a joint project and become a very solid applicant for these offshore wind licences.

“Shell has been a global player in wind power for more than 20 years, with wind power projects in Europe, the USA and Asia.”

The three companies, who have started preparing their applications, believe that Sørlig Nordsjø II has great potential due to its strategic location on the border of the Danish Shelf.

This location will allow clean energy to be exported from the offshore field to other parts of Europe.

The Norwegian authorities will allow up to 1,500MW of offshore wind capacity to be developed in the Utsira Nord and up to 3,000MW in Sørlige Nordsjø II.

Lyse CEO Eimund Nygaard said: “The Norwegian supplier industry is world-class in terms of innovation, quality and safety requirements.

“The market for offshore wind is growing strongly worldwide and we want to help the Norwegian supplier industry create a competitive advantage in the world.”

Earlier this month, BP agreed to join Statkraft and Aker Offshore Wind’s consortium to bid for developing offshore wind energy in the Norwegian North Sea.

The partnership will combine the companies’ expertise and experience in offshore energy projects.