Equinor ASA EQNR announced that its Hywind Tampen floating wind farm in Norway would begin operations this year.
Hywind Tampen will be situated 140 kilometers off the Norwegian coast, 260-300 meters below the water surface. The total capacity of the wind farm is 88 megawatts (MW).
Once operational, Hywind Tampen will become the largest floating wind farm globally. However, the farm will be smaller than planned, as steel quality issues have been detected in four of the 11 turbines.
Equinor is developing the Hywind Tampen floating wind farm to power its five offshore oil and gas platforms in the North Sea, namely Snorre A and B, and Gullfaks A, B and C. The turbines will be capable of supplying 35% of the platforms’ power requirements.
The offshore wind turbines are installed on floating concrete structures with a shared anchoring system. The first seven turbines are expected to start producing power in the third quarter of this year. The turbines have been upgraded from 8 MW to 8.6 MW, making the wind farm more powerful.
As planned, only the first seven Hywind Tampen turbines would become operational this year. The first seven turbines, with a capacity of 60 MW, will supply electricity to Gullfaks and Snorre. The remaining four will be installed next spring. The supply-chain bottlenecks prevented the delivery of the final four tower sections for the wind turbines.
Siemens Gamesa is the provider of towers, nacelles and blades for the project. The company is working with its suppliers and Equinor to accelerate all deliveries. The seven already collected turbines have been thoroughly examined and have met all quality requirements.
Shares of Equinor have outperformed the industry in the past six months. The stock has gained 16.2% compared with the industry’s 3.2% growth.
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Equinor currently carries a Zack Rank #2 (Buy).
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