Hywind Tampen, owned by partners at the Gullfaks and Snorre fields, is expected to meet around 35% of the fields' electricity demand. This will cut the fields' CO2 emissions by about 200,000 tonnes per year.
Seven of the fields’ 11 turbines are expected to come on stream in due course, while the last four turbines have been assembled and will be installed during a weather window next year. Even without all 11 turbines up and running, Hywind Tampen is the world’s largest floating wind farm, with a capacity of 60 MW.
Floating wind is a rapidly growing market segment, with Spinergie's analysis outlining 79 projects in the North Sea region alone – three of which are at the development planning stage. With floating wind moving into deeper waters, Hywind Tampen is in depths between 200 and 300 m for example, new challenges are being faced by developers.
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