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Norway backs floating wind farm

‘Hywind Tampen’ consists of a total of eleven wind turbines. They are to supply the drilling platforms on the Gullfaks and Snorre fields off the Norwegian coast with electricity from wind energy.

16 Sep. 2019
Norway backs floating wind farm (Photo: Equinor ASA)

Norwegian development fund Enova has promised to back the construction of a floating wind farm called ‘Hywind Tampen’ with 2.3 billion Norwegian krone (around €228 million). The Norwegian NOx Fund had already approved an investment grant of up to 566 million Norwegian krone (€57 million). The wind farm is to be constructed by Norwegian oil and gas group Equinor and several partner companies.

Hywind Tampen consists of eleven wind turbines with a combined capacity of 88 MW, estimated to meet 35% of the annual power demand of the Snorre A and B and Gullfaks A, B, and C platforms. According to Equinor , this will reduce CO2 emissions by around 200,000 tons per year. The company, which demerged from the Norwegian Statoil Group, is considered a pioneer in floating wind farms. It lays claim to having commissioned the first floating offshore wind farm with a capacity of 30 MW off the coast of Scotland in 2017.