Services group Wood has been awarded a contract by Equinor to deliver modifications to two offshore installations in the Norwegian North Sea to connect electric power from floating wind turbines that form part of the Hywind Tampen development.
Equinor’s landmark project replaces energy generated by gas turbines with electricity from a floating wind farm located between the Snorre and Gullfaks fields, reducing emissions by more than 200,000 tonnes per year.
Tampen will consist of 11 wind turbines – based on Equinor’s Hywind technology – each with capacity of 8 MW. Totalling 88 MW overall, the project will be capable of meeting about 35% of the annual power demand of the five Snorre A and B, Gullfaks A, B and C platforms.
As part of the three-year contract, Wood will provide the topside modifications necessary for the Snorre A and Gullfaks A platforms to integrate the Hywind flwitoating turbines with the system’s existing power facilities. The scope of work also includes equipment installation on the floating wind turbines and upgrades to the onshore control room in Bergen which will remotely operate the wind farm.
Dave Stewart, CEO of Wood’s Asset Solutions business in Europe, Africa, Asia & Australia, added: “The Snorre A and Gullfaks A facilities will be the first oil and gas platforms to be powered by a floating offshore wind farm. We are proud to support Equinor on what is a flagship project for the North Sea’s energy transition journey.”