NorSea Wins World’s First Floating Wind Farm Contract

Published at 10:11AM - 19/02/16

NorSea wins world’s first floating wind farm contract from Statoil, as the Norwegian oil and gas major moves closer to yet another first.

The contract is for work on Statoil’s Hywind project, an offshore wind farm in UK waters that will be the world’s first to utilise floating turbines rather than fixed sub structures.

The method being pioneered by Statoil is hoped to reduce both the cost and construction time of offshore wind considerably.

NorSea Wins World’s First Floating Wind Farm Contract

NorSea’s contract covers the use of their Stordbase yard, located between Stavanger and Bergen. Statoil aims to utilise the yard as a pre-assembly point for the turbines before transportation to the British sector.

With a value of between US$ 6 – 8 million (NOK 50 – 70m), the contract is set to start at the beginning of March 2016.

Statoil Hywind Wind Farm UK
Statoil Hywind Wind Farm UK

NorSea Group CEO, ohn E. Stangeland said: ”NSG is very grateful and proud to have been awarded this crucial contract from Statoil.”

“We want to be a preferred supplier of integrated services to the supplier industry and wind farm owners in the offshore wind market. This contract will therefore be a key step in our strategy of offering cost-effective solutions to the renewable energy market,”

Statoil Hywind

The 30 Mega Watt Hywind project, is an offshore wind farm, located approximately 16 miles (25km) offshore Peterhead, UK, and operated by Statoil.

Being hailed as a pilot project its main purpose is to test and demonstrate the effectiveness of new technologies, Statoil is developing within the offshore wind sector, most notably floating turbines.

Construction is set to take place during 2016 through 2017, with final commissioning taking place in 2017.

Statoil Hywind Wind Farm UK