NCS: First-ever platforms powered by a floating offshore wind farmWind farm and the Gullfaks field. Source: Equinor

NCS: First-ever platforms powered by a floating offshore wind farm

Two updated plans for development and operation at the Hywind Tampen offshore wind farm have been submitted to Norwegian authorities.

Equinor and the Snorre and Gullfaks partners have made a final investment decision for the offshore wind farm development, that will supply electricity to the two oil and gas platform.

Hywind Tampen floating wind farm. Source: Equinor

The wind farm will be located some 140 km from shore in 260-300 m of water between the Snorre and Gullfaks platforms.

Location of the Hywind Tampen. Source: Equinor

The Hywind Tampen investments will total almost NOK 5 billion. Norwegian authorities through Enova have made a funding commitment of up to NOK 2.3 billion for the Hywind Tampen project. In addition, the Business Sector’s NOx Fund has decided to support the project by up to NOK 566 million.

The wind farm will consist of 11 wind turbines based on the Hywind technology developed by Equinor. The 8 MW turbines will have a total capacity of 88 MW, capable of meeting about 35% of the annual power demand of the five Snorre A and B, Gullfaks A, B and C platforms.

“The pioneering Hywind Tampen project will help cut emissions from Gullfaks and Snorre. We are driving a transition aimed to sustain and add value on the Norwegian continental shelf, while reducing the carbon footprint from our operations. By reducing the use of gas turbines on the fields the project helps cut CO2 emissions by more than 200,000 tonnes per year, equivalent to the annual emissions from 100,000 passenger cars,” says Arne Sigve Nylund, Equinor’s Executive VP for Development & Production Norway.