DEA Considers Power from Floating Offshore Wind on NCS
The Equinor operated oil and gas platforms may, as a global first, be supplied with power from floating offshore wind turbines. The solution to be further explored is a windfarm in the Tampen area consisting of eleven wind turbines based on Equinor’s floating offshore wind concept, Hywind. “Reducing the use of gas turbines with power from floating offshore wind is a challenging and innovative project, but to maintain profitable operations on the NCS in the long term, it is essential that we do our utmost to further reduce the carbon footprint from our activities. The project fits DEA strategy for a sustainable future as an oil and gas company,” says Jon Sandnes, Managing Director of DEA in Norway.
The 8MW turbines will have a combined capacity of 88MW, and may meet about 35% of the annual power demand of the five Snorre A and B, and Gullfaks A, B and C platforms. In periods of higher wind speed this percentage will be significantly higher. The seven Snorre and Gullfaks partners in the Tampen area in the North Sea will now mature the project towards a possible investment decision in 2019. The Snorre licence partners are DEA, Equinor, Petoro, ExxonMobil, Idemitsu and Point Resources. Partnering in Gullfaks are: Equinor, Petoro and OMV.