First turbine arrives on Hywind Tampen site

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 07/06/2022 Equinor

Hywind Tampen floating wind project in Norway has seen the tow-out and installation of the first its eleven wind turbines.

Project developer Equinor revealed that four of the 11 wind turbines in Norway’s first offshore wind farm have now been installed, towering 190 metres over Fensfjorden. Prime minister Jonas Gahr Støre visited Gulen in Vestland County to see the construction of the project.

"Hywind Tampen proves that floating offshore wind can supply Norway with renewable power. Less than three years after we submitted plans for development and operation, we can now point to the result of good cooperation between authorities and the industry to make floating offshore wind a reality. The next step is to develop larger floating offshore wind projects in the North Sea. This is possible because the industry and the authorities have been bold and helped develop a supplier industry for offshore wind based on expertise from the oil and gas industry," said Pål Eitrheim, Equinor's executive vice president for Renewables.

Hywind Tampen is an 88 MW 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.

The floating wind farm will consist of 11 SG 8.0-167 DD wind turbines based on one of Equinor’s floating offshore wind technologies, Hywind. With a 167 m-diameter rotor and 81.5 m-long blades, each turbine of the wind farm will have a swept area of 21,900 m².

The project is estimated to meet about 35% of the annual electricity power demand of the five Snorre A and B, and Gullfaks A, B and C platforms. The wind power solution will help reduce the use of gas turbine power for the Snorre and Gullfaks offshore fields, while also offsetting 200,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions and 1,000 tonnes of NOx emissions per year.
It will be operated from Equinor’s offices in Bergen.