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Journal of Renewable Energy
Volume 2013, Article ID 607165, 10 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/607165
Research Article

Case Study of Integrating an Offshore Wind Farm with Offshore Oil and Gas Platforms and with an Onshore Electrical Grid

1Research Centre, Statoil ASA, Sandsliveien 90, 5020 Bergen, Norway
2Department of Electrical Engineering, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Realfagbygget D3, 7491 Trondheim, Norway
3Department of Energy Technology, Aalborg University, Pontoppidanstræde 101, 9220 Aalborg, Denmark

Received 7 November 2012; Accepted 27 March 2013

Academic Editor: Surya Santoso

Copyright © 2013 Wei He et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

This research project explored the technical feasibility of utilizing an offshore wind farm as a supplementary power source to several electrical grids of offshore oil and gas platforms and providing surplus power to an onshore grid. Three case studies comprising wind farms rated at 20 MW, 100 MW, and 1000 MW have been studied with the focus on (i) the operation benefits of CO2/NOx emission reduction, (ii) the electrical grid stability, and (iii) the technical implementation feasibility. The proposed 20 MW, 100 MW, and 1000 MW wind farm cases are theoretically feasible in terms of the selected technical criteria, although further detailed design operational studies, and economical analysis are required.