[NORWAY] StatoilHydro to float “spar” wind turbine

StatoilHydro has okayed the world’s first full-scale floating wind turbine, dubbed Hywind, for two years of tests offshore southwestern Norway at Karmøy. The company is investing NOK400 million for a planned start-up in autumn 2009.

A floating 2.3 Megawatt turbine on a familiar concrete-spar design will aim to exploit stronger winds long out to sea.

"If we succeed, then we will have taken a major step in moving the wind power industry offshore", StatoilHydro new energy boss, Alexandra Bech Gjørv, said in a statement.

The floating stem will be submerged up to 100 metres below the waves. Planners hope for wind parks in seas up to 1,000 m deep.

StatoilHydro to float “spar” wind turbineThe wind turbine will be built by Siemens. Technip will build the floatation element and have responsibility for the installation offshore, while Nexans will lay cables to shore. State entity Enova will prop up the project with NOK60 million.

Scandoil.com affiliate Scandinavian Oil-Gas Magazine has seen the model mock-up built by SINTEF at its Marinetek wave tank in Trondheim, including parts indicating the turbine's five-point mooring and weather-vaning attributes.

The Offshore Northern Seas energy conference and tradeshow in Stavanger this August will feature renewable energy for the first time.

Source: Scandinavian Oil & Gas

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