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Wood to modify Equinor platforms for wind power

UK offshore engineering firm Wood has been awarded a new contract by Equinor to modify two offshore installations in the Norwegian North Sea to connect electric power from floating wind turbines at the Hywind Tampen development.

The project will see electricity from the floating wind park powering the Snorre and Gulfaks fields, replacing energy generated by gas turbines which will reduce emissions by more than 200,000 tonnes per year.

Wood will provide the topside modifications for the Snorre A and Gullfaks A platforms to integrate the Hywind floating wind park. The scope also includes equipment installation on the floating wind turbines and upgrades to the onshore control room in Bergen which remotely operates the wind farm.

Dave Stewart, CEO of Wood’s Asset Solutions business in Europe, Africa, Asia & Australia, commented: “The Snorre A and Gullfaks A facilities will be the first oil and gas platforms to be powered by a floating offshore wind farm. We are proud to support Equinor on what is a flagship project for the North Sea’s energy transition journey.”

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Grant Rowles

Grant spent nine years at Informa Group based in London, Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore. He gained strong management experience in publishing, conferences and awards schemes in the shipping and legal areas, working on a number of titles including Lloyd's List. In 2009 Grant joined Seatrade responsible for the commercial development of Seatrade’s Asia products. In 2012, with Sam Chambers, he co-founded Asia Shipping Media.
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