The Hywind Tampen floating wind power project has secured approval from the Norwegian authorities for its development and operation.
Upon completion, it will become the world’s first floating wind farm to power offshore oil and gas platforms.
The wind farm is designed to supply electricity for the Snorre and Gullfaks offshore field operations in the Norwegian North Sea.
The floating wind farm will feature 11 wind turbines based on one of Equinor’s floating offshore wind technologies, Hywind.
With a total generation capacity of 88MW, the Hywind Tampen will be able to meet 35% of the annual power demand of the five offshore oil and gas production platforms that include Snorre A and B and Gullfaks A, B and C.
It will contribute to a reduction in the usage of gas turbines on the offshore fields.
The floating wind project will also help in reducing CO2 emissions by more than 200,000 tonnes per year.
Hywind Tampen secures $220m funding from Norwegian authorities
To be built with a total investment of $490m, the wind farm will be located around 140km from shore, between the Snorre and Gullfaks platforms.
The project has received a grant funding of $220m from Norwegian authorities through Enova.
Hywind Tampen is scheduled to become operational at the end of 2022.
It will be operated from Equinor’s offices in Bergen.
In October 2019, Equinor and partners submitted two updated plans for development and operation of the wind farm to Norwegian authorities.
“Hywind Tampen is a pioneering project and a central contribution to reducing emissions from Gullfaks and Snorre, and I am pleased that both ESA and Norwegian authorities have approved the project,” said Arne Sigve Nylund, Equinor’s executive vice president for Development & Production Norway.
The assembly of the floating wind turbines for Hywind Tampen will be done in Gulen Industrihamn in western Norway, before transporting them to the field in the North Sea.