The UK Government has an ambition to achieve 40GW of offshore wind by 2030, and has been advised by the Climate Change Committee that in order to reach net zero, up to 100GW of offshore wind will be needed by 2050.
Equinor is a global leader in offshore wind and is using its expertise in offshore energy to drive forward innovation in the North Sea, and help the UK reach its net zero targets.
Collaborating with others across industry, Equinor is taking a leading role in the Offshore Wind Sector Deal, a pathway to achieving the Government’s ambition to quadruple offshore wind capacity by 2030.
Equinor is the global leader in floating offshore wind, an exciting technology with huge global potential as it opens up access to deeper waters, with higher wind speed. Hywind Scotland, the world’s first floating wind farm, has consistently outperformed other UK wind farms, achieving the highest average capacity factor three years in a row since its operations began. This technology has been developed building on Equinor’s oil and gas expertise and has paved the way for the UK Government’s commitment to 1GW of floating offshore wind to be developed in the UK by 2030.
Decades of operating experience in the demanding conditions in the North Sea has given Equinor unparalleled insight and knowledge that is transferable to offshore wind projects. The North Sea region will play a key contribution in Equinor’s global ambition to reach an installed net renewables capacity of 12-16 GW by 2030. Two-thirds of this capacity will be within offshore wind.