Global renewables giant RWE will bid to build floating wind farms off Norway after agreeing a collaboration deal with two local partners.

The Germany-based power utility will join Norwegian renewables developer NTE and offshore contractor Havfram to enter floating projects in bidding for the Utsira Nord zone off the west coast, where Norway’s government aims to spur up to 1.5GW in landmark offshore wind auctions.

RWE is a partner along with Shell and Japan’s Tepco in the TetraSpar floating wind power concept designed by industry pioneer Henrik Stiesdal, a prototype of which was recently deployed off Norway on the doorstep of the bidding zone, and is active in developing the technology elsewhere.