Equinor will build offshore wind turbines in Ireland

Equinor's headquartersEquinor's headquarters at Fornebu in Bærum.Photo: Tor Erik Schrøder / NTB scanpix

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Equinor has partnered with an Irish energy supplier to build offshore wind turbines in Ireland. The goal is to find suitable areas to build offshore wind farms

For Equinor and Electricity Supply Board (ESB), the goal is to develop large offshore wind projects that can be realized by the end of 2030, reports Teknisk Ukeblad.

“We are looking forward to working with ESB to identify possible offshore wind projects,” Eskil Eriksen spokesman at Equinor told TU.

Ireland has a steep shelf and is therefore considered more suitable for floating offshore winds than bottom structures. However, floating structures are more expensive and more complex to build.

Equinor received NOK 2.3 billion in state aid in August. The money will go to Equinor’s prestige project to build 11 floating offshore wind turbines in the North Sea, the so-called Hywind Tampen.

Equinor is working hard to reduce the cost of floating offshore wind. Where the plant in Scotland supplies at an energy cost of around 200 euros per megawatt hour (MWh), Hywind Tampen will be able to be built at half the cost.

Equinor aims to bring the cost of floating offshore wind down to 40 to 60 euros per MWh by 2030.

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