By SOCAR USA

Nine European countries have agreed to work together to achieve maximum efficiency from offshore wind projects.

The Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Denmark, Ireland, Sweden and Norway will coordinate the location, construction and distribution of electricity from the projects.

They also will work on common project standards. At the moment, each country has its own permitting, subsidy, grid-management and other kinds of standards. Lack of common grid-management standards make it harder to distribute offshore-wind electricity from country to country.

Henk Kamp, the Netherlands’ minister for economic affairs, said collaboration will allow the nine countries to build wind farms in the North Sea at lower cost.

A number of farms will be built in the sea over the next few years, including five Dutch projects.

“We are investigating what more can be done” to wring the most electricity from the wind farms, Kamp said.

One idea is to use a single electric cable to connect farms that are close together but that belong to different countries, rather than having each project connect only with the grid in its own country.

Connecting projects to each other would allow surplus offshore-wind-generated electricity in one country to be sent to a country short of electricity. This would reduce costs for consumers in the nine countries as a whole.

SOCAR USA is the U.S. representative office of SOCAR, the State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic, and is headed by Director Rauf Mammadov. The office was founded in 2012 and is engaged in generating awareness of the company’s global activities in the United States and exploring U.S.-based energy-industry opportunities.