Equinor has confirmed it has bid for floating offshore wind in ScotWind, the competitive tender offshore wind seabed leasing round being undertaken by Crown Estate Scotland.
Equinor has experience operating floating offshore and has already deployed and producing electricity at Hywind Scotland, located off the northeast coast of Scotland. The company claims since Hywind Scotland started operations in 2019, the project consistently provided the highest capacity factor among all UK offshore wind farms.
In the Norwegian North Sea, Equinor is currently constructing the world’s largest floating offshore wind farm under development, Hywind Tampen (88 MW) which will go online in 2022.
Equinor is also a partner in the world’s biggest offshore wind farm, Dogger Bank, which is currently under construction. At 3.6 GW this wind farm will be one of the largest in the world.
The offshore wind major is also planning to extend its Dudgeon and Sheringham Shoal wind farms, doubling (719 MW) the offshore wind capacity off the coast of Norfolk.
“Equinor has the experience and capabilities necessary to develop the next full-scale floating offshore wind farm in Scotland following Hywind Scotland. By leveraging our offshore execution capabilities and our leading position in floating offshore wind, we are ready to create more long-term value and drive the industrialisation of floating offshore wind further. We see floating wind as an enabler for the Scottish Government to achieve its offshore wind targets and help reach its ambitious net zero target of 2045,” said Equinor’s senior vice president for business development in Renewables, Jens Økland.
“A net zero world needs offshore wind to grow fast and at scale. We are an offshore energy company playing to our strengths, leveraging our execution capabilities and our leading position in floating offshore wind. Applying these capabilities in developing large-scale offshore wind projects and low carbon technologies puts us in a strong position to create long term value for shareholders and support the UK in reaching its net zero targets.”