(This article first appeared in Upstream's sister renewable energy publication Recharge on 8 April, 2020.)

The world’s first floating wind power-supported offshore oil and gas project has been given the go-ahead by the Norwegian authorities, with the Nordic country’s Ministry of Petroleum & Industry approving developer Equinor’s plan for the 88-megawatt Hywind Tampen scheme.

The Nkr5 billion ($490 million) project, which will be built around eleven concrete spar-based units from Norwegian offshore contractor Kvaerner topped with 8MW Siemens Gamesa turbines, will supply some 35% of the electricity demand at the Snorre and Gullfaks complex, located in 260 to 300 metres of water 140 kilometres off the west coast of Norway.