Aker solutions has been successful in completing the first part of constructing the world's largest floating offshore wind farm. Equinor is developing the Hywind Tampen project, and Aker Solutions developed the concrete foundations for it.
During this phase of operation, 11 concrete foundations measuring almost 65 feet in length were positioned in a dry dock at Aker Solutions' yard in Stord, Norway. The 11 substructures are set to be towed to Vindafjord, where the concrete slip-forming and mechanical outfitting of the foundations will proceed to a height of 351 feet.
Finally, all of the assemblies will be staged in Gulen, Norway, where the wind turbines will be mounted.
In a collaborative effort between Aker Solutions and DOF Subsea, the construction and tow-out is set to be completed in the final half of the operation. It is also remarkable that these companies are the pioneers in concrete slip-forming for an offshore project on the Norwegian continental seabed since 1995. Concrete infrastructure designed by the petroleum industry is now being used to further grow this clean energy initiative.
Equinor's Hywind Tampen project is also regarded as significant because it will aid in the growth of new competencies that the businesses claim will contribute to the industrialization of offshore wind in Norway.
Aker Solutions and Equinor are contracted to build 11 floating concrete foundations for windmill turbines in the Hywind Tampen project. The project covers base engineering, procurement, and design, as well as maritime operations. Other project components are currently being built, including steel anchors that are being welded together at Aker Solutions' Verdal yard.
The construction of the blades, nacelles, and most importantly, turbine towers is expected to be finished by the end of 2022 for the final assembling in Gulen. The manufacturing is to be undertaken in Europe.
Hywind Tampen is all set to become the world's first floating offshore wind farm. What is more, Hywind Tampen is also the first in line to fuel offshore oil and gas installations.mIt is also Equinor's first experience using concrete technology for wind projects.
In the North Sea, Equinor's Snorre and Gullfaks offshore field operations are also to receive floating wind power of as much as 88 MW.