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Japanese energy giant joins floating offshore wind project in Norway

4C Offshore | Mark Casey
By: Mark Casey 07/12/2023 Source Galileo
Offshore Floating Wind

Source Galileo and Odfjell Oceanwind are collaborating with Vår Energi on a floating offshore wind project at the Goliat platform outside Hammerfest in Norway.

The partnership has now been further strengthened with Japanese Utility, The Kansai Electric Power Company Inc. (“Kansai”), joining the team. The offshore wind park will be connected to the Goliat platform, utilising the existing power cable to shore.

The purpose of the project is to demonstrate floating offshore wind technology in Norway, as well as increased production of renewable energy in a region that has a large and growing need of electricity.

Everything is in place for GoliatVIND, and the project does not require any new major interventions on land. Such electrification projects with offshore wind will accelerate the development of Norwegian supply chains and develop an export industry. It will make them ready for larger developments of floating offshore wind, such as Utsira Nord in 2030.

“This demonstration project is ideally placed to position Kansai to bring the technical knowledge and experience obtained back to the Japanese market. We are excited to further develop our collaboration with Source Galileo and Odfjell Oceanwind, and look forward to working together at GoliatVIND to make the project possible” says Seigo Yagi, General Manager of Kansai.

Currently, there are plans for five floating wind turbines of 15 MW each. The area is at 71 degrees north, located approx. 95 km northwest of Hammerfest at a depth of 3-400 metres. The floating wind turbines will be placed 5-11 kilometres from the Goliat platform.

“Having Kansai join the team is really great. Their operational expertise and financial strength will help us accelerate floating offshore wind in Norway”, says Gunnar Birkeland, CEO of Source Galileo Norge.

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