Norwegian-based Equinor Oil will build the Hywind Tampen wind farm near two of its major North Sea oil fields, Snorre and Gullfaks, in water about 900 feet deep and about 90 miles offshore.1
Equinor acknowledges their need to use more renewable energy even in the production of so-called “fossil fuels.” Anders Opedal, an executive for Equinor, said:
“As the whole industry is currently experiencing much uncertainty, it is vital that we progress projects that spur technology development in the renewables segment and create spinoff effects on the Norwegian supplier industry.”1
The $486 million project will make the oil platforms the first in the world to receive power from a floating offshore wind farm.1 The completed project should reduce CO2 emissions of the oil platforms by more than 200,000 metric tons (220,500 US tons) per year, roughly equivalent to the annual emissions from 100,000 vehicles.1 They plan to have the operation up and running sometime in late 2022.1
Oil under the North Sea and elsewhere is produced by marine algae and plankton deposited and buried rapidly during the global Flood.2 This process trapped the organic debris faster than it could naturally decay.
Furthermore, uniformitarian geologists insist that most organic oils were generated millions of years ago and have been preserved and trapped under great pressures ever since. However, if Earth were truly that old, the oil would have been destroyed by bacterial action, and the geologic pressures would have long since dissipated.2 We also know that bacteria live in virtually every environment on Earth, even at great depths in the ground. So, it is reasonable to assume any generated oil beyond a few thousand years old would be totally degraded or consumed by bacteria.
Global oil generation is another example of a process that could only have occurred because of the extraordinary burial conditions present during the recent great Flood. Most secular petroleum geologists deny the Flood, even though they are witness to this evidence every day as they search for oil. We can be thankful for God’s providence in creating oil, even though a catastrophic, global judgment—oil that now provides much-needed energy for our present world.2
1. Staff Writer. Norway approves Hywind Tampen offshore wind farm. Offshore. Posted on offshore-mag.com April 8, 2020, accessed April 9, 2020.
2. Clarey, T. 2020. Carved in Stone. Dallas, TX: Institute for Creation Research, 418-431.
*Dr. Clarey is Research Associate is at the Institute for Creation Research and earned his doctorate in geology from Western Michigan University.