STAVANGER, Norway — The Hywind Tampen floating wind farm in the Norwegian North Sea has started operations.
Yesterday the Gullfaks A platform received first power.
Equinor and its partners in the Gullfaks and Snorre fields commissioned the wind farm, which should provide about 35% of the fields’ electricity requirements when fully powered up.
Seven of the 11 turbines should start operating this year. The other four will be assembled next year during a suitable weather window.
But even with seven onstream, Hywind Tampen will be the world’s largest operational floating wind farm, Equinor said, with a capacity of 60 MW.
The new power arrangement should cut the fields’ CO2 emissions by about 200,000 metric tons annually, the company added.
Hywind Tampen, with a full system capacity of 88 MW, is 140 km offshore in the Tampen area in water depths ranging from 260 m to 300 m. The turbines have been installed on floating concrete structures with a joint mooring system.
Enova and the Norwegian Business Sector’s NoX Fund provided NOK2.866 billion (US$285.4 million) to support the development.
The other partners are Petoro, OMV, Vår Energi, Wintershall Dea and INPEX Idemitsu.