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Supply Contract Awarded for Largest Floating Offshore Wind Farm

Zamudio, Spain - The world’s largest floating wind power plant will be installed in Norway, equipped with 11 Siemens Gamesa SG 8.0-167 DD turbines. 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,” highlighted Andreas Nauen, CEO of the Siemens Gamesa Offshore Business Unit.

Hywind Tampen will have a total capacity of 88 MW and be located some 140 kilometers from shore in an area with water depths of 260-300 meters between the Snorre and Gullfaks oil and gas platforms. Specifically, this wind power plant will be capable of meeting about 35 percent of the annual power demand of the Snorre and Gullfaks platforms.

According to Siemens Gamesa, by reducing the use of gas turbines on the fields, the project helps 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-stabilized and anchored to the seabed with mooring lines. As Siemens Gamesa points out, with their lightweight nacelles, the company’s large direct drive wind turbines are particularly suited for floating foundations.



Source: IWR Online, 07 Nov 2019