Siemens Gamesa has won a contract for the world’s largest floating wind power plant, which will be installed off Norway. This will be equipped with 11 Siemens Gamesa SG 8.0-167 DD turbines, and is 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.
Hywind Tampen will have a total capacity of 88MW, and will be located around 140km from shore in an area with water depths of 260-300m, between the Snorre and Gullfaks oil and gas platforms. This wind plant will be capable of meeting about 35 per cent of the annual power demand of the Snorre and Gullfaks platforms. The project will help cut CO2 emissions by more than 200,000 tons per year.
The floating foundations in the Hywind Tampen project are ballast-stabilised and anchored to the seabed with mooring lines.
Andreas Nauen, CEO of the Siemens Gamesa Offshore Business Unit, said: “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.”