October 31 (Renewables Now) - Norwegian oil and gas major Equinor ASA (NYSE:EQNR) has awarded NOK 3.3 billion (USD 358m/EUR 321.7m) in contracts for the 88-MW Hywind Tampen floating wind project in the North Sea.
An official contract signing event is taking place today.
The NOK-5-billion wind farm will be producing power for the Snorre and Gullfaks oil and gas fields, reducing their carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by over 200,000 tonnes annually. It is to be switched on near the end of 2022.
Under one of the contracts signed today, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA (BME:SGRE) will fabricate the wind turbines for the park at several locations in Europe. They will then be transported to Wergeland Base in Gulen, western Norway, for assembly.
Norwegian engineering and construction group Kvaerner will design and construct the substructures for the offshore wind project. It will also carry out assembly activities, tow-out and the installation of the SGRE wind turbines. Siemens Gamesa’s Norwegian service organisation will maintain the latter for a period of five years.
The electrical cables contract for the project has been awarded to JDR Cable System Ltd, which will fabricate the cables in Hartlepool in the UK. Subsea 7 Norway AS will then be in charge of the cables installation and connection of the wind park to the Snorre and Gullfaks platforms in the northern North Sea.
Equinor pointed out that all contracts are subject to securing final approval by Norwegian authorities for its plan for development and operation (PDO).
“Won in international competition, the contracts prove that the oil and gas industry is also competitive for renewables projects. The awarded contracts will generate considerable spin-offs in Norway,” said Equinor’s executive VP for Technology, projects & drilling, Anders Opedal.
At Gullfaks, Equinor is partnering with Petoro AS and OMV. At Snorre, it is working with Petoro, ExxonMobil, Idemitsu Petroleum Norge, DEA Norge and Var Energi.
(NOK 10 = USD 1.08/EUR 0.97)