First power has been produced at what is claimed to be the world’s largest floating wind farm in Norway.
The first turbine at Hywind Tampen generated electricity for the first time on 13th November 2022, according to Norwegian energy company Equinor.
Power from the 60MW floating wind farm was delivered to the Gullfaks A platform in the North Sea.
It is expected to meet around 35% of the electricity demand of the Gullfaks and Snorre oil and gas fields and help cut emissions from the fields by around 200,000 tonnes per year.
Seven of the 11 turbines are scheduled to come online later this year while the final four turbines will be installed on the field next year.
Kjetil Hove, Equinor’s executive vice president for Exploration and Production Norway said: “Hywind Tampen cuts emissions from the oil and gas industry and increases the gas export to Europe. This is an important contribution towards transforming the Norwegian continental shelf from an oil and gas province to a broad energy province.
“Just a few years ago, no one would have believed that offshore platforms could be powered by electricity from floating wind turbines. Well, now we have started.”