Equinor awards assembly contract for 88-MW floating wind project

Illustration of Hywind Tampen concept. Source: Equinor ASA

February 6 (Renewables Now) - Equinor ASA (NYSE:EQNR) and its partners in some oil and gas fields in the North Sea have awarded a contract to Wergeland Base in Gulen Industrial Harbour for the assembly of the turbines that will make up the 88-MW Hywind Tampen floating wind project.

The deal will become effective only after the project partners make the final investment decision, which could happen later this year. The terms call for the contractor to provide onshore and inshore areas for storage, assembly and commissioning of all turbine components, plus the needed infrastructure and facilities. The turbines will be towed to the field where they will be anchored, connected and put into operation, Equinor said.

The Norwegian oil and gas major, previously known as Statoil, announced in August 2018 that it plans to build a 11-turbine floating wind farm in order to supply power to the Gullfaks and Snorre oil and gas fields in the northern North Sea. The 8-MW Hywind turbines are expected to produce enough power to meet some 35% of the annual power consumption of the Snorre A and B, and Gullfaks A, B and C platforms.

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