Equinor plans gigawatt-scale floating wind development in Celtic Sea
Hywind Tampen turbines at Wergeland Base in Gulen. Photo: Ole Jørgen Bratland
Norwegian energy group Equinor ASA (NYSE:EQNR) announced today that it views new floating wind opportunities in the Celtic Sea “with great interest” and intends to develop a gigawatt-scale project there for participation in an upcoming leasing round.
Equinor said in a statement that it carried out a comprehensive site selection process in the region and is maturing its site selection through aerial surveys. The company added it intends to work with all stakeholders to develop projects creating shared value for local communities and opportunities for the regional supply chain.
UK seabed landlord The Crown Estate plans to hold a seabed leasing round in the Celtic Sea next year. In October, it replaced the previously-published “areas of search” with five smaller areas, which are to be further refined in the coming months. The tender is expected to deliver 4 GW of floating wind farms by 2035.
Equinor built the world’s first floating turbine, the Hywind Demo, and operates the world’s first floating wind farm, the 30-MW Hywind Scotland. The company is currently installing the 88-MW Hywind Tampen offshore Norway.