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Equinor begins construction of world’s largest floating offshore wind project in Norway

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享OffshoreWind.biz:The construction has started on the world’s largest floating offshore wind farm, Hywind Tampen, at Kværner Stord in Norway, Equinor said.Kværner’s assignment will include building eleven floating concrete hulls for the Siemens Gamesa 8 MW turbines on the 88 MW Hywind Tampen.“Eighty percent of the world’s offshore wind resources are located in deep water areas and are available for floating offshore wind projects. If we can use projects like Hywind Tampen to make floating offshore wind competitive with other forms of energy, the technology will be able to deliver large-scale renewable power and contribute to a more sustainable global energy supply. A floating offshore wind market will also open up considerable industrial opportunities for Norwegian industry,” [said Equinor’s president and CEO Eldar Sætre.]Equinor’s ambition is for floating offshore wind to be competitive with other forms of energy by 2030.“By using larger turbines, concrete substructures, new technology and a new assembly method, we’re well on our way toward delivering on the objective to reduce costs by more than 40% compared with Hywind Scotland. This is an important step to establish floating wind as a sustainable power supply alternative,” said Hywind Tampen project director Olav-Bernt Haga. “If more major floating offshore wind projects are realised in the future, it will be possible to reduce costs even further, and we could see a development in cost reductions equivalent to the one we’ve seen in fixed foundation offshore wind.”The Hywind Tampen project will be the first floating offshore wind project to supply renewable power for oil and gas installations. The wind farm is expected to cover about 35 percent of the annual power needs on the five platforms Snorre A and B and Gullfaks A, B and C. Located about 140 kilometres off the Norwegian coast in water depths of between 260 and 300 metres, Hywind Tampen will reduce emissions from the Gullfaks and Snorre fields by more than 200,000 tonnes per year, which corresponds to annual emissions from 100,000 private vehicles, Equinor said.[Adnan Durakovic]More: Construction starts on world’s largest floating offshore wind farm Equinor begins construction of world’s largest floating offshore wind project in Norwaylast_img read more


Lionel Messi misses out on UEFA best player shortlist

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Antoine Griezmann are on a three-man shortlist for the UEFA Best Player in Europe award, with Lionel Messi overlooked.Ronaldo played a leading role as Portugal stunned their rivals to win Euro 2016. Although he was stretchered off in the final, he later emerged in the dugout and barked orders from the sidelines as his nation beat hosts France in extra time.Alongside Bale, Ronaldo also helped Real Madrid secure an 11th Champions League crown. Both of those triumphs occurred with Griezmann as an opponent.Griezmann may have finished 2015-16 without a trophy, but he scooped the top scorer gong in France with six goals – three more than any other player. He fired 22 goals in La Liga, and seven more in Atletico Madrid’s run to the Champions League final.Bale was influential as Wales reached a historic semi-final at Euro 2016, firing three goals as they topped a group containing England, Slovakia and Russia, and arguably finished the club season as Real’s standout player. However, the omission of Barcelona stars Messi and Luis Suarez is likely to cause most consternation, with both South American forwards superb as the Catalan giants clinched a domestic double. Gianluigi Buffon, Manuel Neuer, Toni Kroos, Thomas Muller and Pepe were the other players to make an initial 10-man shortlist.The winner will be announced at the Champions League group stage draw in Monaco on August 25.last_img read more