Euronews.green writes that the total capacity of the turbines is 88MW and the 11 individual units are tied to the seabed using an innovative technology. Still, environmentalists suggest that emission-cutting as the project may be, it would be ideal if the world started to move away more aggressively from fossil-fuels.
Equinor partnered with two more oil companies, OMV and Vaar Energi, in order to deploy the complex wind turbine system, which started producing power last year in November and recently reached full capacity.
The energy generated by the system will be enough to power 35% of the five offshore oil and gas rigs in the North Sea. Aiding oil and gas extraction with the help of wind turbines will save an annual amount of 200.000 tons compared to using diesel exclusively, say Equinor officials.
Norway as a whole, plans to increase its wind power production to 30GW by 2040, which means that the country would double its current total production capacity.
Equinor still has a long way before it will become a sustainable energy company, as renewables currently account for only 0.13% of its whole operations. In order to do so, its officials say that renewable capacity will be expanded by 12-16GW of capacity by 2030, up from last year's 0.6 GW.