The world’s first floating wind power-supported offshore oil & gas project has been given the go-ahead by the Norwegian authorities, with the Nordic country’s mininistry of petroleum and industry approving developer Equinor’s plan the 88MW Hywind Tampen array.

The NKr5bn ($490m) project, which will be built around eleven concrete spar-based units from contractor Kvaerner topped with 8MW Siemens Gamesa turbine, will to supply some 35% of the electricity demand at the Snorre and Gullfaks complex, located in 260-300 metres of water 140km off the west coast of Norway.