Hywind Tampen approved by Norwegian authorities

2. juni 2020

On 11 October 2019 the Snorre and Gullfaks partnerships submitted two updated plans for development and operation of the Tampen Hywind wind farm to Norwegian authorities.

The Ministry of petroleum and Industry has now approved the plans and the Snorre and Gullfaks platforms will now be the first platforms in the world to receive power from a floating wind farm.

The wind farm will consist of 11 wind turbines. The 8 MW turbines will have a total capacity of 88 MW and meet about 35 per cent of the annual power demand of the five platforms Snorre A and B and Gullfaks A, B and C.

The wind farm will be located around 140 kilometres from shore, between the Snorre and Gullfaks platforms, at a water depth of 260 to 300 metres. With the project approved by Norwegian authorities, the development phase has started and the majority of contracts are entered into by the partnerships.

By reducing the use of gas turbines on the fields, the project will help reduce CO2 emissions by more than 200,000 tonnes per year, corresponding to annual emissions from 100,000 private cars.

“Hywind Tampen project is a central contribution to reduce emission from the Gullfaks and Snorre fields. The concept is innovative and is an important steppingstone for further development of technology for renewables projects and to reduce climate footprint in the offshore oil and gas industry. As a Snorre partner we are pleased to take part in this project and look forward to a successful completion” says Hiroshi Arikawa, Managing Director of Idemitsu Petroleum Norge.

“I am also glad that this project has considerable spinoff effects for  Norway  and the supplier industry  during a period when the whole industry is experiencing much uncertainty ” Mr. Arikawa adds.

Hywind Tampen is scheduled for start-up at the end of 2022 and will be operated from Equinor’s offices in Bergen.