Norway to present law on sea wind turbines in June


Floating Offshore Wind Turbine.

Floating Offshore Wind Turbine.

OSLO, Feb 13 (Reuters) – Norway will present a draft law in June to promote wind turbines at sea in a shift to renewable energies from offshore oil and gas, the government said on Friday.

Oslo would also seek expert opinions by April 17 for a law that would range from rules for citing floating wind turbines to how to avoid conflicts with shipping, fisheries or migratory birds.

“There is an enormous potential for ocean energy off Norway,” Oil and Energy Minister Terje Riis-Johansen said. Ministry officials said only Denmark and Britain had come further in regulating turbines at sea.

Norway’s StatoilHydro (STL.OL) is among companies developing floating offshore wind turbines, reckoning winds blow more consistently at sea than on land and so help compensate for higher costs offshore.

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