Robot starts construction of world's largest floating offshore wind farm

Hywind Tampen will consist of 11 of Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy’s SG 8.0-167 DD turbines mounted on floating concrete spar substructures with shared anchors

An artist's impression of the planned Hywind Tampen project

Norwegian engineering firm Kværner has begun construction of the world’s largest floating offshore wind farm by starting the cutting robot for the project’s first steel sheets.

It is building 11 floating concrete hulls for Equinor’s 88MW Hywind Tampen project in the Norwegian North Sea.

When completed in 2022, Hywind Tampen’s output will be used to power five oil and gas platform.

The developer predicts the project will meet about 35% of the annual power demand of its Snorre and Gullfaks platforms, reducing emissions from the project by around 200,000 tons a year.