The UK is the largest offshore wind market in the world, and Equinor has gained a good foothold through its offshore wind projects. At the same time, we’re planning the Dogger Bank area, which together with Sheringham Shoal, Dudgeon and Hywind Scotland has the potential to supply five million British homes with renewable power.
“In combination with gas, offshore wind is important for the British electricity market. Production from Equinor-operated offshore wind farms meets the electricity requirement equivalent of 1.5 million electric cars annually. This will reduce the UK’s CO₂ emissions by 1 million tonnes, equivalent to the annual emissions from 500,000 conventional cars.”Sverre Trollnes, head of wind power in New Energy Solutions (NES)
Floating wind turbines
Hywind, an innovation in offshore wind power, is now operating offshore Scotland. This is the world's first commercial floating offshore wind farm, based on Equinor's oil and gas expertise from the North Sea.
Until now, wind turbines had to be built on the seabed, and have therefore been restricted to shallow waters. Hywind’s breakthrough technology allows cities near deep oceans to obtain renewable energy from floating wind turbines.
Hywind technology has been tested off the coast of Karmøy in Norway for several years, and the Hywind Scotland wind farm commenced production off the coast of Peterhead in October 2017. This pilot park will initially produce electricity for 20,000 homes.
2012Sheringham Shoal Coast of Norfolk, UK
2017Dudgeon Coast of Norfolk, UK
2017Hywind Scotland Coast of Peterhead, Scotland
2019Arkona Baltic Sea, Germany
More than eight million British homes receive their gas from Equinor today. Equinor’s production and export of gas is important to support renewable energy such as wind. Wind and gas complement each other well on less windy days and provide a stable energy supply.
Equinor and wind
Many years of experience from the North Sea have given us unique expertise in marine operations, as well as large and complex operations under challenging wind and weather conditions. Equinor has benefitted from this expertise in our work on wind technology, and we have set major targets for renewable energy investment. By 2030 our plan is to spend NOK 100 billion on new energy sources.
In 2019, we will further expand our investments in offshore wind when the Arkona (Arkona Becken Südost) wind farm offshore Germany comes into production. The plant will supply over 400,000 homes with electricity.