Hywind Tampen produces first power

By: Tom Russell

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14/11/2022 Equinor

Power production from the first turbine in the floating wind farm
Hywind Tampen in the North Sea started at 12:55 CET on 13 November 2022. 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,”
said Geir Tungesvik, Equinor’s executive vice president for Projects, Drilling and Procurement.

Seven of eleven turbines are scheduled to come on stream 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 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,”
said Tungesvik.

“Hywind Tampen cuts emissions from the oil and gas industry and increases the gas export to Europe. This is an important contribution towards transforming the Norwegian continental shelf from an oil and gas province to a broad energy province. Just a few years ago, no one would have believed that offshore platforms could be powered by electricity from floating wind turbines. Well, now we have started,”
said Kjetil Hove, Equinor’s executive vice president for Exploration and Production Norway.

Once the Hywind Tampen floating wind farm is completed, it will be the world's largest floating wind farm and the first to supply electricity to oil and gas platforms. The wind farm has a system capacity of 88 MW and is expected to meet 35 per cent of the electrical power demand on the Gullfaks and Snorre fields. The array is located approximately 140 kilometres from shore, at water depths of 260 to 300 metres.

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

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