North Sea Hywind Tampen project generates first power

Nov. 14, 2022
The Hywind Tampen floating wind farm in the Norwegian North Sea has started operations.

Offshore staff

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.

11.14.2022

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