Norwegian renewables giant Statkraft as part of its strategy to add 30GW of generation capacity by 2030 plans to take part in offshore wind auctions next year in both Norway and Ireland, but chief executive Christian Rynning-Tønnesen told Recharge construction is set to start much earlier off the Emerald Isle.

“Even if the auction is in the same year in Ireland and Norway, then I would expect development to happen much faster in Ireland because the projects are more mature,” he said in an exclusive interview.