The world’s largest offshore wind farm, Equinor’s Hywind Tampen, was opened overnight by Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, with Australian Ambassador to Norway Kerin Ayyalaraju in attendance.
Hywind Tampen is now powering the Gullfaks and Snorre oil and gas platforms in the North Sea, the first in the world to receive power from offshore wind, and is expected to cover about 35% of the annual need for electricity on the five platforms, reducing CO2 emissions.
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The largest floating offshore wind farm in the world is located about 140km from shore, in water depth between 260 and 300m, consisting of 11 wind turbines based on the Hywind concept, developed by Equinor, with a system capacity of 88MW.
In Australia, Equinor has partnered with Oceanex to pursue floating offshore wind opportunities in New South Wales, including the Novocastrian Offshore Wind Farm in the Hunter. Equinor has also partnered with Nexsphere to progress the Bass Offshore Wind Energy project in the Bass Strait, Tasmania.
Equinor senior director for offshore wind in Australia Thomas Hansen said, “As the world’s largest floating offshore wind farm, Hywind Tampen is making a significant contribution to further developing the technology at scale and reducing the future cost of floating offshore wind in a growing global market, including Australia.
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“Hywind Tampen was completed in five years, with 60% of the contract values in the project awarded to Norwegian suppliers. This has contributed to new activity, green jobs, local spin-offs and technology development for future floating offshore wind projects in a growing industry. Equinor is bringing this experience to Australia, as we mature floating offshore wind projects in NSW with our local partner,” Hansen said.
With Hywind Tampen now operational, Equinor is now operating nearly half of the world’s offshore floating wind capacity.