Considering floating wind power at Snorre and Gullfaks

29. august 2018

Considering floating wind power at Snorre and Gullfaks

The partners including Idemitsu, with Equinor as the Operator in the Snorre and Gullfaks licences have decided to explore the possibilities of supplying the Snorre and Gullfaks fields with power from floating offshore wind. This could be the first time an offshore wind farm is directly connected to oil and gas platforms.

The solution to be further explored is a wind farm in the Tampen area consisting of 11 wind turbines based on Equinor’s floating offshore wind concept, Hywind. The 8 MW turbines will have a combined capacity of 88 MW, and may meet about 35% of the annual power demand of the five Snorre A and B, and Gullfaks A, B and C platforms. In periods of higher wind speed this percentage will be significantly higher.

“Reducing the use of gas turbines with power from floating offshore wind is a challenging and innovative project enabling oil and gas production with low CO2 emissions”, says Hiroshi Arikawa, Managing Director of Idemitsu Petroleum Norge. “Floating wind turbines will add technology and experience to Idemitsu’s already substantial involvement in renewable energy, including geothermal power, onshore wind, solar and biomass.”

The seven Snorre and Gullfaks partners in the Tampen area in the North Sea will now mature the project towards a possible investment decision in 2019.

 

Partners: 

The Gullfaks licence:

Equinor AS, Petoro AS, OMV (Norge) AS

 

The Snorre licence:

Equinor AS, Petoro AS, ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Norway AS, Idemitsu Petroleum Norge AS, DEA Norge AS, Point Resources AS