Green Volt Floating Offshore Wind Farm proposed for oil and gas electrification

Flotation Energy and CNOOC Petroleum Europe Ltd have submitted an Offshore Scoping Report for a joint proposal to develop the Green Volt Floating Offshore Wind Farm.

The project partners claim it could be operational by 2026 and offers the opportunity to mitigate 500,000 tonnes of CO2 per year and fully electrify Buzzard, one of the UK’s largest oil and gas assets. CNOOC Petroleum Europe Ltd is the operator and largest shareholder in the Buzzard field. Green Volt could enable the removal of the offshore power station, which currently fuels oil and gas production from the field. With a dedicated grid connection, Green Volt will also provide renewable energy to Scotland.

As a project focused on the decarbonisation of oil and gas, Green Volt will participate in the Innovation and Targeted Oil and Gas (INTOG) leasing round, to be launched by Crown Estate Scotland in early 2022.

Up to 4 GW of oil and gas transition projects will be awarded in the INTOG leasing round. The Green Volt Offshore Wind Farm will be located within the INTOG areas of search, ~ 75 km offshore Peterhead.

The wind farm will consist of up to 30 floating wind turbines, and harness average wind speeds of 10.93 m/s with an expected capacity factor of 55%. Semi-submersible floating substructures will support the turbines, each with a rated capacity of 10 – 16 MW