Equinor considers using floating wind farm to power North Sea oil fields

State-run Norwegian energy company Equinor has revealed it is exploring the possibility of building a floating offshore wind farm that would supply clean energy to two North Sea oil fields.

The potential project is expected to cut down CO2 emissions by more than 200,000 tonnes annually and would represent the first time an offshore wind farm supplies power to an oil and gas platform.

After carrying out an extensive study on the suitability of several oil and gas installations along the North Sea Continental Shelf, Equinor identified the Snorre and Gullfaks oil fields as prime candidates.

Equinor New Energy Solutions executive vice-president Pål Eitrheim said: “Reducing the use of gas turbines by supplying platforms with power from floating offshore wind is a challenging and innovative project.

“It may also facilitate new industrial opportunities for Norway, Equinor and Norwegian supply industry within profitable renewable energy while enabling oil and gas production with low CO2 emissions.”

In March, Equinor changed its name from Statoil in a bid to highlight its shifting attitude away from oil and towards renewable energy.