Independent energy advisory and certification body DNV GL has announced it is working with Equinor to undertake a third-party verification study of the Hywind Tampen floating wind farm in Norway.
Hywind Tampen is situated approximately 200 kilometres west of Florø, Norway, and is expected to be the world’s first offshore wind farm powering oil platforms. It will consist of 11 8MW turbines capable of meeting 35 percent of the annual power demand of the Snorre and Gullfaks oil fields. The introduction of floating offshore wind could cut emissions from the oil fields by more than 200,000 tonnes per year, equivalent to the emissions from 100,000 passenger cars.
DNV GL’s independent verification study will ensure that the floating wind turbines comply with the applicable codes and standards for floating offshore wind and will focus on the review and verification of the design of the substructure, tower and mooring system as well as critical load conditions and global design parameters.
“Reducing the use of gas for power generation by using floating offshore wind turbines to supply power to oil platforms is a challenging and innovative project with far-reaching benefits to both the oil and gas and renewables industries, and to combating climate change” said Prajeev Rasiah, Executive Vice President, Northern Europe, Middle East & Africa, DNV GL - Energy. “Having been involved in floating wind for many years now, including as verification body on Equinor’s Hywind Scotland project, we’re excited to impart our expertise further on Equinor’s Hywind Tampen project”.