Equinor and Technip Energies collaborate on floating wind

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 16/06/2022 Equinor

Equinor and Technip Energies have entered into a strategic collaboration for floating wind substructures. The two companies have the aim of developing floating wind steel semi substructures.


The collaboration builds on the two companies’ joint ambition of driving the industrialisation of floating offshore wind. By teaming up at an early design phase of a floating wind farm project, the two parties seek to unlock value from leveraging complementary competencies in technology and fabrication.


“We see longer-term collaboration from an early phase as the next step within floating offshore wind development. This will also enable us to identify and create opportunities for the local supply chain in the markets where we are present”,
said Mette H. Ottøy, chief procurement officer, Equinor.


“We’re excited about our collaboration with Technip Energies, which allows us to further leverage and develop our floating toolbox to customize locally adapted industrial solutions for future floating offshore wind projects,”
said Beate Myking, senior vice president for Renewables Solutions in Equinor.


“We have already started to see early signs of value creation from this way of working in our early-phase floating wind projects in Southern Brittany in France and Firefly in South Korea,”
added Myking.


“We believe partnering is an essential step to reach net-zero. We are proud to enter this strategic partnership with Equinor, a long-lasting client with which we share a common vision and commitment: create a low-carbon future,"
said Laure Mandrou, senior vice president Carbon-Free Solutions Business Line of Technip Energies.


To remind, back in April Technip Energies was selected by Equinor South Korea Co Ltd to perform a Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) for the
Firefly floating wind project, located 70 km off the east coast of South Korea. The FEED contract covers engineering of the floating wind turbine substructures for the proposed 800 MW offshore wind farm.

Equinor installed the first ever floating offshore wind turbine in 2009, and operates
Hywind Scotland (30 MW), the world’s first floating wind farm. Equinor claims that since it began production in 2017, Hywind Scotland has consistently achieved a higher capacity factor than other UK wind farms. Equinor is currently installing the 88 MW Hywind Tampen floating wind power project, intended to be the world’s first floating wind farm to power offshore oil and gas platforms. It will connect to the five Snorre A and B, and Gullfaks A, B and C platforms, located approximately 140 km off the Norwegian coast.

For more information on floating offshore wind farms worldwide, click here.