On July 18, 2019, New York State governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that Equinor had won the bid to develop the Empire Wind farm offshore New York.
Empire Wind is a wind farm planned for an area of 80,000 acres, in federal waters, an average of 20 miles south of Long Island, east of the Rockaways. The Empire Wind site extends 14-30 miles southeast of Long Island and covers water depths between 65 and 131 feet (20-40 meters). Empire Wind will have the capacity to produce 1,000-1,500 megawatts of electricity, enough to power about 1 million homes. Each turbine is expected to have an installed capacity of 10-15 MW. Empire Wind will be constructed by private investors. Investments for a 1 GW project are typically about $ 3 billion.
In October 2017, Hywind Scotland started to deliver power to the Scottish electricity grid. The Hywind pilot park lies offshore Peterhead in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, and marks an important step forward for offshore wind technology, potentially opening attractive new markets for renewable energy production worldwide. Equinor has installed a floating wind farm consisting of five turbines at Buchan Deep, 25 km offshore Peterhead, harnessing Scottish wind resources to provide renewable energy to the mainland. With 30 MW installed capacity, the wind farm will be able to power the equivalent of around 20,000 households.
Equinor and its partner SSE have been awarded contracts to develop three large scale offshore wind projects in the Dogger Bank region of the North Sea. This will be the world’s biggest offshore wind farm development with a total installed capacity of 3.6 GW. The projects are expected to produce enough energy to power the equivalent of 4.5 million UK homes.
The Dogger Bank zone is located ~130km east of the Yorkshire Coast in the UK North Sea. Water depth ranges from 20m to 35m