Equinor started on Thursday the construction of the first floating offshore wind farm to power oil and gas installations, Kallanish Energy reports.
The 88-megawatts (MW) Hywind Tampen farm is the world’s largest floating offshore wind project. Upon its commissioning in 2022, the farm will provide renewable electricity to five oil and gas platforms.
The project is a “new chapter in Norway’s narrative as an energy nation,” said Equinor’s CEO Eldar Sætre. That’s because apart of being the first floating offshore wind farm in Norway, it will also reduce CO2 emissions from the Gullfaks and Snore fields by 200,000 tonnes per year – the equivalent to annual emissions of 100,000 private vehicles.
Yet, another major contribution of Hywind Tampen is set to be cost-reduction and enhanced competitiveness.
“By using larger turbines, concrete substructures, new technology and a new assembly method, we’re well on our way toward delivering on the objective to reduce costs by more than 40% compared with Hywind Scotland,” said project director Olav-Bernt Haga.
Equinor’s ambition is to make floating offshore wind competitive with other forms of energy by 2030. The company sees great future potential in Norway, UK, Europe, the U.S. and Asia.
“80% of the world’s offshore wind resources are located in deep water areas and are available for floating offshore wind projects. If we can use projects like Hywind Tampen to make floating offshore wind competitive with other forms of energy, the technology will be able to deliver large-scale renewable power and contribute to a more sustainable global energy supply,” explained Sætre.
He added that a floating offshore wind market will also open up considerable industrial opportunities for the Norwegian industry.
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