Yesterday, it was announced that oil taxation office officials have approved that offshore wind power complies with the present tax regime for petroleum.
Ståle Tungesvik, senior vice president for reserves and business development in Statoil is keen on the latest move. The company owns 50 percent of the Sherringham Shoal offshore wind park project in the UK.
“The framework conditions were also better there than on the Norwegian side,” he explains to Aftenbaldet.
Mr Tungesvik finds the oil tax model for Siragrunnen Vindpark AS, southwestern Norway, "very interesting" regarding the electrification of the Norwegian oil and gas installations.
Turbines of 10 to 40 meters deep are planned for Siragrunnen. Mr Tungesvik still believes the floating Hywind turbines can be just as competitive under the same fiscal conditions. Hywind’s 2.3 MW test turbine delivered the 10.1 GWH last year.
Zero is one of the environmental organisations that have fought hardest for renewable energy for operation of oil and gas installations.
“There are many fields that need to be electrified. It’s positive, therefore, that the industry is taking the initiative,” says Zero’s political consultant Kari Elisabeth Kaski.
Estimated power requirements for electrification of new and old fields are up to 1500 MW. Siragrunnen could provide 200 MW if approved.