The launch of a pioneering project called Win-Win in 2013 met with a mixed reaction from the offshore wind sector. The idea being explored by a group of international oil and gas companies led by energy consultancy DNV GL — to hook up floating wind turbines to offshore platforms to replace the gas and diesel generators used to run the pumps squeezing the last hydrocarbons from a reservoir — split opinion.

On one side, the pragmatists who viewed it as a means to reducing emissions from ageing petroleum assets while further field-proving floating wind technology; on the other, purists who saw it as a gateway to the ‘dirtification’ of wind.