DNV GL is set to undertake a third-party verification study of Equinor’s Hywind Tampen floating wind farm in Norway, the world’s first expected to power oil platforms.
The independent verification study will ensure that the wind turbines comply with the applicable codes and standards for floating offshore wind, DNV GL said.
In addition, the study will focus on the review and verification of the design of the substructure, tower and mooring system, as well as critical load conditions and global design parameters.
“Reducing the use of gas for power generation by using floating offshore wind turbines to supply power to oil platforms is a challenging and innovative project with far-reaching benefits to both the oil and gas and renewables industries, and to combating climate change,” said Prajeev Rasiah, Executive Vice President, Northern Europe, Middle East & Africa at DNV GL – Energy.
“Having been involved in floating wind for many years now, including as verification body on Equinor’s Hywind Scotland project, we’re excited to impart our expertise further on Equinor’s Hywind Tampen project.”
Equinor and its partners at Gullfaks and Snorre decided last year to explore the possibilities of supplying the five platforms at the oil and gas fields with floating wind power.
The project will feature 11 8MW turbines which will have a combined capacity of 88MW, and may meet about 35% of the annual power demand of the five Snorre A and B, and Gullfaks A, B and C platforms.