Odfjell Oceanwind’s floating wind foundation Deepsea Star™ has been selected for the GoliatVIND wind park located in the Barents Sea which is currently under planning. The project is being matured by a consortium consisting of Source Galileo and Odfjell Oceanwind and is aiming at installing three to five floating wind units, each carrying a 15MW wind turbine generator, with an earliest operational startup in 2026.
GoliatVIND is planned with grid connection via the Goliat FPSO to the Hammerfest region and is located at 71°N in the Barents Sea. GoliatVIND has the potential to be the first offshore wind park in an Arctic location. Water depth in the area is 300-400 meters which is considered ideal for Odfjell Oceanwind’s Deepsea Star™ design. The Goliat FPSO is owned by Vår Energi and Equinor which have granted the GoliatVIND consortium rights to use the Goliat FPSO cable infrastructure to connect to the onshore grid.
The Deepsea Star™ is a moored semisubmersible floating wind foundation in steel. The design is currently undergoing Basic Design Approval (BDA) by DNV for a multi-locational design basis, qualifying the design for use in all relevant locations for floating wind in the North Atlantic region, including all relevant Scotwind areas, INTOG areas, Utsira Nord, in addition to the Norwegian Sea and Barents Sea. The BDA process for Deepsea Star™ follows the recent DNV Approval achieved for the Deepsea Semi™ 12MW design. More information about the Deepsea Star™ can be found in a recently published article by Odfjell Oceanwind.
“GoliatVIND represents a perfect stepping-stone for Odfjell Oceanwind to demonstrate our Deepsea Star™ design, including our supply chain and our ability to deliver projects in a safe and reliable manner. The Odfjell companies have long experience in operating steel semisubmersibles in the arctic Barents region, and we look forward to working closely with our project development partner Source Galileo to realise this project”, CEO of Odfjell Oceanwind Per Lund says.
“GoliatVIND is a very exciting, yet challenging project for Source Galileo. Subject to final investment decisions, it will be our first floating offshore wind project. The location outside Finnmark north of Norway represents challenging environmental conditions, but the local infrastructure like ports and bases are representative of what we will face when developing similar projects across Europe. The knowledge we will gain together with Odfjell Oceanwind from developing and executing a project like this is invaluable for our journey towards floating offshore wind becoming an important part of the future energy mix”, CEO of Source Galileo Norge, Gunnar Birkeland says.
A final investment decision for GoliatVIND is subject to further maturation of the project including but not limited to regulatory clarifications with relevant authorities, an environmental impact assessment, active dialogue with other users of the Barents Sea like fisheries as well as the consortium being able to demonstrate that the project will be profitable.
Odfjell Oceanwind is a Norwegian floating offshore wind specialist that combines Odfjell’s 50 years of maritime tradition and experience in designing, building and operating floating units in harsh environments with more than 20 years of experience in developing floating offshore wind solutions. Odfjell Oceanwind has offices in Bergen, Stavanger, Oslo and Aberdeen.
Source Galileo is a European developer and investor of renewable energy systems, including solar, battery, hydrogen, as well as onshore and offshore wind. Source Galileo Norge has its head office in Haugesund and is responsible for floating offshore wind in the country. The organization of approximately 20 people located in Dublin, Haugesund and London have extensive experience in the development, construction and operation of offshore wind parks.
Odfjell Oceanwind and Source Galileo are developing floating wind projects in Norway and foresee to participate in the competition for seabed lease on Utsira Nord.
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Odfjell Oceanwind AS
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