Norway’s Energy Ministry Tina Bru says 350MW project’s original license and impact assessment are old and need updating.
The minister has reversed a decision by the country’s energy regulator (NVE) to extend the commissioning deadline for the up to 350MW Havsul 1 offshore wind farm.
Havsul 1, for which Canadian company Enbridge is managing development, was originally granted a licence in 2008 with a commissioning deadline of 1 January 2020.
In 2019, NVE granted an extension to the deadline until 2025, but the decision was appealed by a number of organisations including green groups and fishing industry trade bodies.
NVE subsequently sent the case to the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy to assess.
The ministry said that following its assessment there are grounds for changing NVE’s decision to grant a postponed deadline for commissioning.