Norwegian energy company Equinor has started power generation at the first turbine at the Hywind Tampen floating wind farm in the North Sea. This follows from the company's press release.
On November 13th at 12:55 CET, power generation began at the first turbine of the Hywind Tampen floating wind farm in the North Sea. Electricity was delivered to the Gullfaks A platform in the North Sea, the statement said. It is noted that this is the world's first wind farm that feeds oil and gas installations.
The Hywind Tampen wind farm is co-owned by partners Gullfaks and Snorre, while Equinor Norway owns a 60% stake in the project. The facility is expected to meet about 35% of the electricity needs of the two fields, and this, among other things, will reduce CO2 emissions from the fields by about 200,000 tons per year.
Hywind Tampen is reducing emissions in the oil and gas industry and increasing gas exports to Europe. This is an important contribution to the transformation of the Norwegian continental shelf from an oil and gas province into a major energy province. Just a few years ago, no one would have believed that offshore platforms could be powered by electricity from floating wind turbines. Well, now we've started, says Kjetil Hove, Equinor's executive vice president of exploration and production in Norway.
It is also specified that seven of the eleven turbines are planned to be put into operation during the year. But even with just seven turbines, Hywind Tampen will be the world's largest 60 MW floating wind farm.