Norway advances in the floating offshore wind race
One or both sites might be connected to oil and gas platforms instead of exporting electricity to the grid, according to reports. Both sites will be developed by Equinor, the multinational energy company that changed its name from Statoil in March to reflect a switch in focus away from oil and gas and toward a wider energy portfolio approach. Equinor is the only company to have developed a floating wind farm, the 30-megawatt Hywind Scotland project, which started exporting to the grid in October 2017. It appears Norway’s decision to move forward with test sites is driven more by this export potential than by a need to develop floating offshore wind for national electricity production. The country is a net energy exporter, supplying around a quarter of the gas used across the European Union and having abundant hydro reserves.
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