Island Offshore's walk-to-work SOV Island Diligence. Photo: Island Offshore

Island Offshore Walk-to-Work Vessel Wins Floating Wind Work in Norway

Mike Schuler
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July 7, 2021

Island Offshore has announced a contract award from Equinor for a service operation vessel (SOV) for the Hywind Tampen floating wind farm project in Norway.

The contract will be served Island Offshore’s walk-to-work vessel Island Diligence and will commence in second quarter of 2022. The contract has a firm period of 4 months plus options to extend.

Hywind Tampen is a floating wind power project that will provide electricity for the Equinor-operated Snorre and Gullfaks offshore fields in the Norwegian North Sea. It will be both the world’s largest floating wind farm and the first to power offshore oil and gas platforms.

The floating wind farm will consist 11 wind turbines producing 88 MW of power, enough to meet about 35% of the annual power demand of the five Snorre A and B, and Gullfaks A, B and C platforms. In periods of higher wind speed this percentage will be significantly higher.

Start up is planned for the third quarter of 2022.

Based in Norway, Island Offshore is majority-owned by the Ulstein and Chouest families. The company’s fleet consists of 26 offshore vessels specializing in a wide range of services including riserless light well intervention, deepwater installation, walk to-work, well stimulation, subsea construction, platform supply to anchor handling.

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