SeaTwirl will explore the potential to electrify oil and gas assets with its vertical-axis floating wind turbines through a newly signed memorandum of understanding with Kontiki Winds.
The pair will also explore the potential for using floating wind for microgrid applications such as powering fish farms and desalination plants.
Kontiki Winds is owned by offshore wind contractor Havfram. Its vice president for electrification Eyvind Svendsen said Kontiki Winds said “decentralised, easily installed and locally produced power will play a key role in the future energy mix”.
Norwegian drilling contractor Odfjell Oceanwind and European venture Source Galileo are also looking to develop floating wind to power oil and gas production.
And energy major Equinor’s under-construction Hywind Tampen floating wind project is set to power oil and gas platforms in the Norwegian North Sea.