First Hywind Tampen Floating Wind Turbine Heads Offshore

The first of the 11 Siemens Gamesa 8.6 MW floating wind turbines has started its journey from the Wergeland Base in Gulen towards the installation site some 140 kilometres offshore the Norwegian coast.

First Hywind Tampen floating wind turbine under tow; Photo: Jan Arne Wold/Woldcam/ Equinor
Source: Jan Arne Wold/Woldcam/Equinor

The wind turbines are being assembled at the Wergeland Base in Gulen in western Norway prior to being towed to the installation site.

Four wind turbines have been fully assembled so far.

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Mounted on concrete SPAR-type floating foundations, the turbines will be installed in water depths of between 260 and 300 metres.

Jan Arne Wold/Woldcam/Equinor

The 94.6 MW Hywind Tampen will be commissioned later this year to become the largest floating wind farm in operation.

The electricity generated by the wind turbines will be used to power the Snorre and Gullfaks offshore oil & gas platforms off Norway, covering around 35 per cent of the annual power needs of the five platforms.

Besides being the largest floating wind farm in operation, Hywind Tampen will also be the first floating offshore wind farm to deliver electricity to oil and gas installations.

Equinor is developing and will operate the NOK 5 billion (EUR 488 million) wind farm on behalf of the partnerships which include Equinor Energy AS, Petoro AS, and OMV (Norge) AS for the Gulflaks license, and Equinor Energy AS, Petoro AS, Idemitsu Petroleum Norge AS, Wintershall Dea Norge AS, and Vår Energi AS for the Snorre license.

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