First power was produced from the first turbine at Equinor's floating wind farm Hywind Tampen in the Norwegian part fo the North Sea. The milestone was achieved at 12:55 CET on November 13. The power was delivered to the Gullfaks A platform in the North Sea.
“I am proud that we have now started production at Hywind Tampen, Norway’s first and the world’s largest floating wind farm. This is a unique project, the first wind farm in the world powering producing oil and gas installations,” says Geir Tungesvik, Equinor’s executive vice president for Projects, Drilling and Procurement.
Owned by the Gullfaks and Snorre partners, the Hywind Tampen wind farm is expected to meet about 35 percent of the electricity demand of the two fields. This will cut CO2 emissions from the fields by about 200,000 tonnes per year, Equinor said.
“The Norwegian content of the project is about 60 percent. This shows that we, together with our partners and suppliers, are building a new industry on the shoulders of the oil and gas business utilizing the competencies we together have acquired over many decades,” says Tungesvik.
Seven of the eleven turbines are scheduled to come online during the year. The last four turbines have been assembled this autumn and will be installed on the field during a weather window next year. Even with just seven turbines on stream, Hywind Tampen will be the world’s largest floating wind farm with a capacity of 60 MW. The Kincardine floating wind farm in the UK is currently the world's largest floating wind farm in operation with a capacity of 50 MW.