Statoil Wind US informed the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) that it may want to lease both the 240-sq-mile (621.6 sq km) Oahu North and 517-sq-mile Oahu South zones that the agency proposed earlier this year for potential commercial wind development.

Statoil joins private developers Alpha Hawaii Wind (AHW), a subsidiary of Denmark’s Alpha Wind Energy, and Progression Energy, based in Portland, Oregon, which earlier unveiled offshore Oahu projects.

Progression’s 400MW scheme in Oahu South would employ between 40 and 50 turbines – each spaced 1-1.5