Equinor and partners plan to partly electrify Sleipner field

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Equinor, alongside partners Vår Energi, LOTOS and KUFPEC, has made an investment decision on a project to partially electrify the Sleipner field in the North Sea. On 9 June 2020, the partners submitted a revised plan for development and operation to the authorities.

The solution includes laying a 28km power cable from Sleipner to the Gina Krog platform, which will be tied into the area solution for power from shore on the Utsira High by the end of 2022. Sleipner will use gas turbines when the power need is greater than the capacity, as they do now.

In October 2019, Aibel was awarded a FEED contract to electrify Sleipner. This contract has now been upgraded to an EPCI contract, valued at around NOK 400 million.

The contract for production and laying of cables has been awarded to NKT, which has already laid the cable from Johan Sverdrup to the Gina Krog field.

Today, we are pleased to submit development plans for Sleipner electrification that will provide both ripple effects and major new emission cuts on the Norwegian continental shelf. This investment will contribute to further develop the NCS toward the goal of zero greenhouse gas emissions in 2050," said Anders Opedal, Equinor’s Executive Vice President for Technology, Projects and Drilling. Yesterday’s gratifying news that broad political agreement has been reached on temporary adjustments in the petroleum tax will provide the industry with the predictability it needs to continue work on planned projects that will stimulate new investments and maintain activity in a challenging period.”

The electrification of the Utsira High will save around 1.15 million tonnes of CO2 emissions on average per year, of which Sleipner’s share would be more than 150,000 tonnes. The Business Sector’s NOx Fund will contribute up to NOK 430 million to realise partial electrification of Sleipner field centre and associated fields.

An investment decision has also been made for electrification of Gina Krog. This was a requirement from the authorities in connection with approval of the field’s plan for development and operation. The EPCI contract to complete the work of electrifying Gina Krog was also awarded to Aibel. The value of the contract is around NOK 160 million, and it will result in approximately 60 man-years, distributed over 1.5 years.

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