BERGEN, Norway — Japan’s Kansai Electric Power Co. has come onboard the GoliatVIND floating offshore wind project in the Barents Sea.
Source Galileo and Odfjell Oceanwind are collaborating with Vår Energi on the development of the wind park, which will be connected to the Goliat FPSO platform, using an existing power cable to shore.
The aims are to demonstrate floating offshore wind technology in Norway and to increase production of renewable energy in an area where demand for electricity is growing. The wind park should start operating in 2027, with the experience said to be transferable to other planned developments offshore Norway, including at Utsira Nord in the North Sea.
Kansai’s T&D company brings experience in operating high-voltage grids in Japan, with about 19,000 km of installed transmission line, and the company is also a global investor in offshore wind. It will contribute its technical competence within interfaces and high-voltage systems; three of its engineers and one commercial specialist will be re-deployed to Source Galileo’s head office in Haugesund, Norway.
The company also is participating in the Utsira Nord development application, along with Source Galileo, Odfjell Oceanwind and Ingka Investments.
Odfjell Oceanwind has developed technology for floating offshore wind that is qualified for the rough conditions in the Barents Sea. The company claims the solutions that will be demonstrated at GoliatVIND can also be used elsewhere for floating offshore wind, including Japan.