Wind Energy – Floating Wind Norway
Japanese energy giant Kansai joins floating offshore wind project in Norway.
The project can add 320 GWh of renewable energy to the Hammerfest region.
The park is planned to be in operation in 2027 so that the experience can be used further in Norway’s floating offshore wind investment, including at Utsira Nord.
Source Galileo and Odfjell Oceanwind are collaborating with Vår Energi on a floating offshore wind project at the Goliat platform outside Hammerfest in Norway. The partnership has now been further strengthened with Japanese Utility, The Kansai Electric Power Company (Kansai), joining the team.
The offshore wind park will be connected to the Goliat platform, utilising the existing power cable to shore. The purpose of the project is to demonstrate floating offshore wind technology in Norway, as well as increased production of renewable energy in a region that has a large and growing need of electricity.
Kansai is Japan’s leading energy company. Kansai’s T&D company has one of the longest experience in operating high-voltage grids, approx. 19,000 km length of transmission line in Japan. Also, Kansai is a major global investor in renewable energy and offshore wind. Kansai has a turnover of around NOK 300 billion a year, is listed on the Japanese stock exchange, and the Norwegian Pension Fund owns 0.71 percent of the company.
Kansai is now part of the existing GoliatVIND consortium, with Source Galileo and Odfjell Oceanwind. Kansai’s role is to contribute actively with their expertise and technical competence within interfaces and high-voltage systems, as well as their experience with procurement and financial planning.
The company is already involved in the Utsira Nord application, together with Source Galileo, Odfjell Oceanwind and Ingka Investments – IKEA’s investment arm. Kansai dispatches three engineers and one commercial specialist from Osaka who will join Source Galileo Norway’s head office in Haugesund.