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    Equinor Takes Decision on Field Electrification


Facilities at the Sleipner and Gina Krog fields will be supplied with power from the mainland by the end of 2022.

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Equinor Takes Decision on Field Electrification

Norway's Equinor and its partners have taken an investment decision on the partial electrification of Sleipner field centre in the North Sea, the state oil company said on June 9.

Equinor, Norway's Var Energi, Poland's Lotos and Kuwait's Kufpec are submitting revised development plans for the project to authorities. The investment will support the goal of bringing offshore Norwegian greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050, Equinor said.

The project entails the laying of a new power cable from Sleipner to the Gina Krog platform, whose electrification has also been approved, which will be tied into an area solution for power from shore on the Utsire High. Sleipner will rely on gas turbines, like today, when its power needs exceed those that can be supplied from the mainland.

CO2 emissions savings from the fields connected to the area solution on the Utsira high will amount to 1.15mn mt/yr on average, including over 150,000 mt/yr at Sleipner, Equinor said.

Stavanger-based Aibel said on June 9 it had won contracts worth krone 600mn ($91mn) to electrify Sleipner and Gina Krog. The plan is to connect both to mainland power by the end of 2022.