Power on at Sverdrup | Upstream

Norwegian operator Equinor has switched on power from shore at its North Sea Johan Sverdrup development a year before the field is due to start production, allowing the commissioning phase to run on renewable electricity.

The four-platform project, aiming to pump up to 3.2 billion barrels of oil over 50 years, will be entirely run on power from Norways onshore grid, which is supplied by hydroelectricity from the countrys rivers and waterfalls.

The electricity supply from shore means the field will avoid emitting 420,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year from the gas turbines normally used to power offshore platforms, bringing the emissions from Sverdrup oil production to a modest 0.67 kilogrammes per barrel.

In addition, the fields offshore workers will get a cleaner and less noisy working environment, the operator said.

The 200-kilometre power cable will also supply Master Marines accommodation platform Haven during....

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