Siemens Gamesa to Develop the World’s First Floating Wind Power Plant for Offshore Oil and Gas

Hywind Tampen will have a total capacity of 88 MW and will be located about 140 km from shore in an area with water depths of 260-300 metres between the Snorre and Gullfaks oil and gas platforms

November 01, 2019. By Huned


Siemens Gamesa has announced that it has been awarded the world’s largest project, a floating offshore wind power plant, Hywind Tampen, that will be located in Norway, with a total capacity of 88 MW and equipped with 11 SG 8.0-167 DD turbines. It is the strong collaboration between Siemens Gamesa and Norwegian company Equinor that has made it possible to unlock new offshore areas and develop this innovative power generation solution.

Scheduled to be commissioned in late 2022, Hywind Tampen will be the first ever floating wind power plant to power offshore oil and gas platforms. “We are pleased to have received the firm order from Equinor to be the supplier of this ground-breaking project. Thanks to our strong collaboration and joint focus on innovation, we are now at the forefront of developing this exciting technology and unlocking the vast potential for floating offshore wind power,” commented Andreas Nauen, CEO of the Siemens Gamesa Offshore Business Unit.

Hywind Tampen will have a total capacity of 88 MW and will be located about 140 km from shore in an area with water depths of 260-300 metres between the Snorre and Gullfaks oil and gas platforms. Specifically, this wind power plant will be capable of meeting about 35% of the annual power demand of the Snorre and Gullfaks platforms. By reducing the use of gas turbines on the fields, the project will help cut CO2 emissions by more than 200,000 tons per year, equivalent to the annual emissions from 100,000 passenger cars.

The floating foundations in the Hywind Tampen project are ballast-stabilised and anchored to the seabed with mooring lines. With their lightweight nacelles, Siemens Gamesa’s large direct drive wind turbines are particularly suited for floating foundations. The innovative partnership between Siemens Gamesa and Equinor dates back to 2009, when the world’s first full-scale floating wind turbine project, Hywind Demo, was successfully installed in Norway. This initiative was followed in 2017 by the 30 MW Hywind Scotland floating wind power plant, currently the world’s largest, installed at water depths between 90 and 120 metres.

Hywind Scotland is a hugely successful project which has world-class safety performance and the highest capacity factor of any offshore wind farm in the UK. The Hywind Tampen project continues this partnership, bringing industrial-scale floating wind a giant leap forward. Offshore wind already has a strong foothold in Europe with close to 18.5 GW installed capacity, and global potential to reach more than 100 GW by 2030. Of this, floating offshore wind is estimated to constitute 10% of the market, potentially powering 12 million homes in 2030.

Siemens Gamesa is a global leader in the wind power industry, with a strong presence in all facets of the business: offshore, onshore and services. The company’s advanced digital capabilities enable it to offer one of the broadest product portfolios in the sector as well as industry-leading service solutions, helping to make clean energy more affordable and reliable. With more than 95 GW installed worldwide, Siemens Gamesa manufactures, installs and maintains wind turbines, both onshore and offshore. The company’s order backlog stands at Euro 25.1 billion. The company is headquartered in Spain and listed on the Spanish stock exchange.

Equinor is a broad energy company with a proud history. It has on board 20,000 committed colleagues developing oil, gas, wind and solar energy in more than 30 countries worldwide. It is the largest operator in Norway, one of the world’s largest offshore operators, and a growing force in renewables.


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