Norwegian maritime operators create offshore wind alliance

Aker Solutions, Solstad Offshore and Deep Ocean form a new alliance as a one-stop shop for catering to the offshore wind industry.

Left to right: Stephen Bull, Aker Solutions, Lars Peder Solstad, Solstad Offshore, Guro Høyaas Løken, Windstaller Alliance and Øyvind Mikaelsen, Deep Ocean. | Photo: Windstaller

Aiming to take a larger cut of the offshore wind market, three Norwegian companies Aker Solutions, Solstad Offshore and Deep Ocean have decided to set up an alliance titled Windstaller.

The partnership means to combine the companies' skills and thus become a comprehensive supplier to the offshore wind sector, offering both "product supply, fabrication and marine services".

"Today's supply chain for the offshore renewables market is highly fragmented and, in our view, sub-optimal in terms of efficiency, cost, risk and environmental footprint," writes Guro Høyaas Løken, head of the Windstaller Alliance, in a press statement:

"Windstaller Alliance is able to take an integrated approach where appropriate, while unlocking value for both operators and suppliers, at the same time reducing the total carbon footprint of offshore renewable projects."

The alliance says it intends to market all three companies' offerings as well as to spot and seek out commercial opportunities for combining technologies, competencies, experience and resources in a cost-efficient way to supply competitive solutions to the industry.

"In terms of competence, size and asset base, Windstaller Alliance's offering is probably unrivaled in the marketplace. However, it is how we will integrate and join the three companies’ offerings that will create the real value for both operators and us suppliers," writes Lars Peder Solstad, chief executive of Solstad Offshore.

Although offshore wind is not the only sector in the alliance's sights. The companies inform of plans to prioritize other renewable power segments at sea, however, exactly which technologies the partners have in mind remain unspecified.

Windstaller Alliance will operate as a joint venture but will not hold any liabilities for ships or other assets unless specific projects require as much and merit agreement.

This article is provided by our sister media, EnergyWatch

English Edit: Daniel Frank Christensen

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