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We’re determined to be a global offshore wind energy major. Here’s how.

The next decisive phase in the global transition to low carbon and renewable energy is happening now, with offshore wind at the centre of the revolution. For the green shift to succeed, what’s needed is sheer scale: industrial and financial strength, and production capacity at a global level

That’s where we come in. With five decades of ocean engineering and project management expertise, focus on safe and efficient operations, in depth knowledge of the energy markets, skilled personnel and a network of competent partners and suppliers, Equinor is uniquely positioned to take a leading role in this burgeoning industry.

In 2026, Equinor expects a production capacity from renewable projects of 4 to 6 GW, Equinor share, mainly based on the current project portfolio. This is around 10 times higher than today’s capacity, implying an annual average growth rate of more than 30%. Towards 2035, Equinor expects to increase installed renewables capacity further to 12 to 16 GW, dependent on availability of attractive project opportunities.

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World’s first floating wind farm offshore Scotland

 

Hywind Scotland is the world’s first floating wind farm, powering around ~20,000 British homes

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Enough energy to power ~1,000,000 European homes


We produce enough energy to power more than one million European homes with renewable energy from offshore wind farms in the UK and Germany

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New York: home to our first wind project outside Europe


Empire Wind is Equinor’s first wind project outside of Europe, offshore New York, potentially producing up to 2000 MW of electricity

What are Equinor’s key strengths?

 

  • Safety is our first priority
  • Experience with large complex projects and supplier relations
  • Financial strength and risk management
  • Leveraging local presence and corporate capabilities
  • Marine operations and maintenance
  • Technology and innovation

Equinor and renewables

Wind power is just part of Equinor’s transition to becoming a broad energy company. Read more about our initiatives in solar, hydrogen, CCS, electrification and other low-carbon technologies.

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Floating is the future of offshore wind 

Freeing wind power from the constraints of bottom-fixed designs opens a world of new markets and opportunities. Floating turbines can be placed almost anywhere where the water is deep enough, harnessing the best wind resources and reducing conflicts with other ocean users.

 

Close to 80% of the world’s offshore wind resource potential is waters deeper than 60 metres and removing water depth constraints allows us to select the best sites in the world. Winds are stronger and more consistent further out to sea, and the floating offshore wind market is projected to grow significantly over the next decade.

We’re the world’s leading floating offshore wind developer, with floating wind turbines already deployed and in production, and several exciting projects on the drawing board. 

Where in the world?
Our international portfolio of wind power

Equinor is building material offshore wind clusters in the UK, the US North East and in the Baltic Sea. Offshore wind is an important enabler in the world’s energy transition, and we will use our offshore experience and capabilities to develop the industry further.

 

Our experience of operating in the demanding conditions in the North Sea has given us insight and knowledge that is transferable to offshore wind projects.

Our ambition is to become an offshore wind major. Here is an overview of our current wind portfolio. 

Offshore wind power in the UK

Equinor has long experience with wind power in the UK, having already built and put into operation Sheringham Shoal, Dudgeon and Hywind Scotland. Now we’re partnering with SSE Renewables to deliver Dogger Bank – the world’s biggest offshore wind farm and an important milestone in delivering UKs sector deal and decarbonisation goals.  

Offshore wind power in the US

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Equinor is pursuing the development of offshore wind projects on the east and west coast of the United States and is quickly becoming a leader partner in the country’s growing offshore wind industry.

 

In 2018 we secured the winning bid for a Massachusetts lease area and in 2019 we won the first large-scale competitive offshore wind solicitation to take place in the state of New York.

Empire Wind
We are excited about partnering with New York to bring affordable, low-carbon energy to New York consumers and to establish New York as a leader in the offshore wind industry

Empire Wind is Equinor’s first wind project outside of Europe, offshore New York. This high-profile, 100% Equinor project will provide power to one of the largest regions of the nation.

The project will be a major contributor to meeting the state’s ambitious clean energy and climate goals. When completed, Empire Wind will power more than 500,000 New York homes. A typical project of this size will require investments of around $3 billion.

Beacon Wind
In December 2018, Equinor acquired a 128,000-acre lease area in federal waters off Massachusetts, our second offshore wind lease in the United States.

It complements our existing position on the US East Coast and gives us a foothold to engage in the Massachusetts and wider New England market, a region notable for its strong commitment to offshore wind.

  • 128,000-acre offshore wind lease area
  • Acquired in federal lease auction in December 2018
  • Well-situated for developing offshore wind energy for New England states and New York.

Offshore wind power in Poland

For Poland, our ambition is to be a preferred partner contributing to the Polish energy transition and the Norwegian-Polish energy cooperation.

 

Equinor has interest in all three Baltyk offshore wind development projects (MFW Baltyk III, MFW Baltyk II and MFW Baltyk I). With interest in all three projects, we can build scale and value in what we see as an important energy region.

Offshore wind power in Norway

We are developing the world’s first floating offshore wind farm to supply renewable power to offshore oil and gas installations in the North Sea.

 

The Snorre and Gullfaks oil and gas platforms will be the first ever powered by a floating offshore wind farm. The wind farm will be located between the platforms some 140 kilometres from shore in 260-300 metres of water.

This is a major breakthrough and an important step towards reducing emissions from the Norwegian Continental Shelf. 

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Developing the world's first floating offshore wind farm to supply renewable power to offshore oil and gas platforms

For more information about Hywind Tampen, see our links below.

International wind farm projects

In addition to our offshore wind presence in the UK, the US and Poland, we are present in the following markets:

Germany
We are a partner (25%) in the Arkona offshore windfarm in Germany, a 385 MW wind farm located in the Baltic Sea approximately 22 miles from the German coastline. The windfarm has a total of 60 turbines and delivers energy to ~400.000 households annually. The wind farm started production in 2019.

Japan
Japan has strong ambitions to grow within renewables. Equinor has therefore established a country office here to explore renewable and low carbon business opportunities and build our position within the Japanese offshore wind industry. 

South Korea
Donghae Windfarm project 
Together with our partners Korean National Oil Company and East West Power, we have the ambition to develop a 200 MW floating offshore wind farm in South Korea. 

Firefly Wind Farm project
Equinor has started conducting wind measurements needed to further look into the possibility of developing and constructing a potential 800MW floating offshore wind project off the coast of Ulsan in South Korea