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Equinor explores employing offshore wind to power oil and gas platforms

Friday, 31 August 2018

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After opening the world’s first floating wind Farm, Hywind Scotland, Equinor (formerly Statoil) together with their partners are exploring the possibilities of supplying the Gullfaks and Snorre fields with power from floating offshore wind. This could be the first time an offshore wind farm is directly connected to oil and gas platforms.

The solution to be further explored is a wind farm consisting of 11 wind turbines based on Equinor’s floating offshore wind concept, Hywind. The 8 MW turbines will have a combined capacity of 88 MW, and are estimated to 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 project forecasts a reduction of CO2 emissions by more than 200,000 tonnes per year [1].

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