The Hywind Tampen project has reached a new milestone with first power to the Snorre oil field, in which INPEX Idemitsu Norge is a license partner.
First power to Snorre was reached on 14 May, following the achievement of the first power to the Gullfaks oil field in November last year. Now 10 of the 11 turbines on Hywind Tampen are installed, and the last turbine will go offshore this week. Once the wind park is fully operational, 6 of the 11 turbines are planned to give power to Snorre.
Hywind Tampen is the largest floating wind farm in the world and the first ever to power producing oil and gas installations. The wind farm is owned by the Snorre and Gullfaks partners and is expected to meet about 35 % of the electricity demand from the two fields. The windfarm has a capacity of 88 MW and is expected to reduce CO2 emissions with 200,000 tonnes per year from the two fields by reducing the amount of gas burned for fuel to gas turbine generators.
The Hywind Tampen project is an important steppingstone for reducing the emissions from the Snorre facilities and meeting the long-term climate ambitions for the license.
The project is in line with INPEX Vision@2022, where INPEX seeks to proactively engage in energy structure reforms towards the realization of a net zero carbon society by 2050 while responding to the energy demands around the world. As a subsidiary of the of INPEX Group, INPEX Idemitsu Norge is committed to pursuing future growth as an energy producer in a sustainable manner.
With the wind resources available in the North Sea, the area is expected to continue playing a key role in the energy transition phase both in Norway and in Europe. Hywind Tampen is an important step to develop an offshore wind industry in Norway.
Facts about Hywind Tampen
- Partners: Equinor, Petoro, OMV, Vår Energi, Wintershall Dea and INPEX Idemitsu
- Hywind Tampen has a system capacity of 88 MW
- The wind farm is located some 140 kilometres from shore
- Water depth: between 260 and 300 metres
- The turbines are installed on a floating concrete structure with a joint mooring system
- Enova and the Business Sector’s NoX Fund have supported the project by NOK 2.3 billion and NOK 566 million respectively to stimulate technology development within offshore wind and emission reductions