Equinor and partner Sleeper presents a plan for field electrification

The Norwegian energy firm Equinor, along with partners Vår Energi, LOTOS and KUFPEC, have made an investment decision to partially electrify the sleeper area in the North Sea, offshore Norway.

To do this, the partners have filed a revised plan for development and operation to the authorities.

According to Equinor, the solution at the Sleeper Field Center will require the laying of a new power cable from Sleeper to the counted Krog platform, which will be power-bounded by the end of 2022 from the shore at Utysara High.

During the time when the power requirement exceeds capacity in the field solution, the sleeper will use gas turbines to meet the demand.

Equinor noted that an investment decision has also been made on Gina Krog electrification.

The Norwegian company estimates that the combined investment for the electrification of Sleeper and Gina Crow would be approximately Nkr1.5bn ($ 160.4m).

Anders Opdal, Executive Vice President of Equinor Technology, Projects and Drilling, said: "Today, we are pleased to present development plans for the electrification of sleepers that deliver both ripple effects and major new emission reductions on the Norwegian continent's shelf will do.

“This investment will contribute to developing NCS towards the goal of zero greenhouse gas emissions in 2050.

"Tomorrow's good news is that a temporary political settlement has been reached on a temporary adjustment in the petroleum tax; it will give the industry the ability to predict that it needs to continue working on planned projects that will encourage new investment and Will maintain activity in a challenging period. "

Last October, oil and gas services firm Abell secured a front-end engineering and design (FEED) contract to electrify the sleeper.

Equinor noted that this contract has now been extended to the EPCIC contract.

In June 2019, Equiner announced plans to disclose datasets from Sleeper's offshore Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) plant to pursue growth and innovation in the CO2 storage sector.

Since 1996, the sleeper area is the world's first offshore CCS plant.

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