It could have been the end of UK offshore wind. Rune Rønvik made sure it wasn’t.

In 2008 the British Ministry of Defence objected to wind farms, on grounds of national security. It was a showstopper, and the British wind industry was furious. But then Rune Rønvik had an idea.

Discover Hywind—the world’s leading floating offshore wind solution. Developed by Statoil.

Statoil is investing in a secure and sustainable energy future for the UK, with innovative offshore wind projects, upstream operations and reliable piped natural gas. See our UK campaign.

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Two-thirds the height of the Eiffel tower—and weighing in at 46,000 tonnes. How do you transport a gigantic 200-metre-long spar platform that size halfway around the world?

Engineers of tomorrow do battle with Lego robots

14,000 children take part in the First Lego League, and at the beginning of December the final round of the competition was held at Statoil’s office at Fornebu in Oslo. See the videos!

IN FOCUS: Drone inspection of offshore wind turbines

José Vega-Lozano

Picture this: You need to inspect Sheringham Shoal offshore wind farm, which has been operating for 5 years. 88 turbines, with 3 blades each. That’s a lot of blades, 264 to be precise. You could spend 44 days visiting each one by boat, climbing each tower, but that would mean 352 personnel transfers and 176 lifting operations. Or you could survey them by drone. That’s what Dale Symonds’ team did. It halved the time to 20 days—and what’s more, he says they’re the best images they’ve ever had.

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