Floating Substructures Considered for Hywind Offshore Wind Farm
DEME Offshore and Equinor are studying the potential of floating concrete substructures for the planned Hywind Tampen floating wind farm project in the North Sea off Norway's coast.
The agreement was signed early December 2018 with a five-month duration, and the study is a part of the engineering works before the final investment decision. The scope of the front-end engineering and design (FEED) contract is to mature and optimise the design and construction methodology for eleven concrete substructures including secondary steel outfitting, mooring arrangement and project executing strategy.
Development of Floating Offshore Wind Farms
Equinor commissioned the world’s first 30 MW, floating offshore wind farm in Scotland in 2017. Hywind Tampen is expected to be the world’s first offshore wind farm powering existing oil platforms. The wind farm will consist of eleven 8 MW turbines, which will supply about 35% of the annual power demand of the Snorre and Gullfaks oil and gas platforms.
Bart De Poorter, General Manager DEME Offshore, comments: 'At DEME Offshore we are confident that floating wind energy has the potential to play a key role in the future energy mix. […] The Hywind Tampen project is considered to be a milestone for the floating offshore wind industry and we are excited to be involved in this challenging project to further broaden our technological capabilities.'
Picture: DEME's offshore heavy lift DP2 jack-up vessel Apollo.