Wood to Prep Equinor’s O&G Platforms for Offshore Wind

Wood has been awarded a new contract by Equinor to deliver modifications to two offshore installations in the Norwegian North Sea to connect electric power from the Hywind Tampen floating wind farm.

Equinor’s project replaces energy generated by gas turbines with electricity from the 88MW  floating wind farm located between the Snorre and Gullfaks fields.

As part of the three-year contract, Wood will provide the topside modifications necessary for the Snorre A and Gullfaks A platforms to integrate the Hywind Tampen with existing systems powering the facilities.

The scope of work also includes equipment installation on the floating wind turbines and upgrades to the onshore control room in Bergen which will remotely operate the wind farm.

Dave Stewart, CEO of Wood’s Asset Solutions business in Europe, Africa, Asia & Australia, said: “The Snorre A and Gullfaks A facilities will be the first oil and gas platforms to be powered by a floating offshore wind farm. We are proud to support Equinor on what is a flagship project for the North Sea’s energy transition journey.”

Hywind Tampen will comprise 11 Siemens Gamesa 8MW wind turbines mounted on floating concrete substructures. The wind farm will be able to meet around 35% of the annual power demand of the Snorre A and B, and Gullfaks A, B and C oil & gas platforms.

Photo: Equinor/Illustration

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