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Statoil goes for offshore wind turbines

Statoil has resolved to concentrate even more strongly on offshore turbines as part of its strategy for renewable energy, collaborating broadly with suppliers in Norway and abroad. Statoil sys its decision reflects the strong international growth in this segment, combined with the group’s unique offshore experience from the oil and gas industry.

As part of its commitment to marine turbines, the group will make provision for a gradual divestment of its wind power projects on land. "We’ve become involved in major offshore wind power projects in recent years,” explains Anne Strømmen Lycke, who heads the group’s commitment in this area.

“These include the Sheringham Shoal wind farm, currently under construction, and the licensed Dogger Bank project. Both of these are off the UK. “We’ve also developed a unique prototype for a floating wind turbine. This Hywind concept is being tested off south-western Norway.” The market for such units has risen by no less than 50% over a year, and Statoil has become involved at an early stage in an expanding market. “We aim to secure a leading position by using our competitive advantages in technology and our experience of marine operations from almost 40 years in the offshore sector,” says Lycke.

“It now looks as if we’ll be able to cut the costs of floating wind turbines by more than 50%. And we can see that the new technology incorporated in Hywind functions as intended," says Sjur Bratland, Statoil’s asset manager for the Hywind solution.

“We’re currently analysing alternative locations for a demonstration farm embracing several floating turbines as the next stage in the commercialisation of this concept,” Bratland says.

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