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Statoil goes all-in on blossoming US wind market

INTERVIEW: Statoil has designated the US coastlines as a key market in its goal of replacing oil rigs with wind farms. The group's head of wind has rolled up his sleeves and is ready to pay the big bucks in coming tenders to get his hands on the wealth that "we can currently only dream of."

Statoil is currently installing the world's first floating wind farm in Scotland and hopes to repeat the move on the other side of the Atlantic. | Photo: Jan Arne Wold

NEW YORK

In 2015 when the US state of Massachusetts encouraged energy companies around the world to bid on the rights to construct offshore wind turbines in four areas off the coast, the interest was minimal. The state sold the licenses for two of the areas at major discounts after just two rounds of bidding.

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