Norway opens two areas for offshore wind in the North Sea

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Norway has opened two areas for offshore wind power developments in the North Sea, including one along its maritime border with Denmark, the energy ministry said on Friday.
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FILE PHOTO: A windmill is seen near the ocean in Utsira, a North Sea island of just 6 square km (2.3 square miles) and home to 210 people who already get most of their power from two onshore windmills, April 22, 2008. Norway's government is drafting rules for offshore wind generation while top Norwegian oil group StatoilHydro aims to start work next year on a floating windmill project. Picture taken April 22, 2008. REUTERS/Wojciech Moskwa (NORWAY)

Western Europe's largest oil and gas producer generates most of its electricity from hydropower and normally has a surplus, but wants to develop offshore wind to make room for more industry as well as exports.

"Offshore wind power offers great opportunities for Norwegian businesses," Oil and Energy Minister Tina Bru said.

"In the immediate future the market will be in other countries, but if the costs for offshore wind power continue to fall it could also become competitive in Norway," she added.

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