Equinor and Partners Hand In Hywind Tampen Development Plans

Equinor and the Snorre and Gullfaks partners have submitted updated development plans to the Norwegian government for the Hywind Tampen floating wind farm.

State secretary Rikard Gaarder Knutsen (left) and prime minister Erna Solberg received the PDOs from Arne Sigve Nylund, Equinor’s executive vice president for Development & Production Norway, and Pål Eitrheim, Equinor’s executive vice president for New Energy Solutions. Source: Ole Jørgen Bratland/Equinor

The Hywind Tampen floating offshore wind farm will consist of 11 8MW wind turbines located some 140 kilometres from shore in 260-300 metres of water between the Snorre and Gullfaks oil and gas platforms.

Equinor and the partners reached a final investment decision for the project last week.

Scheduled to come online in late 2022, Hywind Tampen will be operated from Equinor’s Bergen office. Gulen Industrihamn in western Norway has been chosen for the assembly of the floating wind turbines.

The Snorre and Gulfaks oil and gas platforms will be the first-ever powered by a floating offshore wind farm.

The Gullfaks licence is held by Equinor Energy AS (51%), Petoro AS (30%), OMV (Norge), and AS (19%).

The Snorre licence is held by Equinor Energy AS (33.3%), Petoro AS (30%), ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Norway AS (17.5%), Idemitsu Petroleum Norge AS (9.6%), DEA Norge AS (8.6%), and Vår Energi AS (1.1 %).