Equinor started on Thursday the construction of the first floating offshore wind farm to power oil and gas installations, Kallanish Energy reports. The 88-megawatts (MW) Hywind Tampen farm is the world’s largest floating offshore wind project. Upon its commissioning in 2022, the farm will provide renewable electricity to five oil and gas platforms. The project is a “new chapter in Norway’s narrative as an energy nation,” said Equinor’s CEO Eldar Sætre. That’s because apart of being the first floating offshore wind farm in Norway, it will also reduce CO2 emissions from the Gullfaks and Snore fields by 200,000 tonnes per year – the equivalent to annual emissions of 100,000 private vehicles. Yet, another major contribution of Hywind Tampen is set to be cost-reduction and enhanced competitiveness.
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