Enbridge mulls supplying offshore wind power to Norwegian gas plant - report

Offshore wind turbines. Source: LICengineering (www.liceng.dk).

November 26 (Renewables Now) - Norwegian gas transporter Gassco is carrying out a technical study to check whether a 350-MW offshore wind project developed by Enbridge (TSE:ENB) could be a suitable power source for one of Norway’s biggest gas processing plants, officials told Reuters.

The two companies are looking into the possibility of securing the power supply for the Nyhamna gas processing plant with the output of the Havsul 1 project. If built, the offshore wind park would also feed electricity into the grid, according to the report.

The technical study that is being executed by Gassco should be completed by the spring of 2019, a spokeswoman for the Norwegian firm told Reuters. Meanwhile, a representative for Enbridge has said that the partners would be able to take a final investment decision for Havsul after 2019.

If realised, the Havsul project would become Norway’s maiden offshore wind park. It was initially developed as part of a 1.5-GW plan alongside two other offshore wind schemes, which, however, were blocked. Havsul itself was shelved in 2012.

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