Fossil energy – engineering
Equinor has signed contracts with Aibel worth around NOK five billion, including options.
Aibel estimates the contracts and options to require 3500 person-years in total.
“These awards build on our strong common history and Aibel’s proven competitiveness. The contracts will require a large-scale effort by Aibel’s Norwegian organisation, including personnel in Haugesund, Harstad, Asker, and Stavanger,” says Mette H. Ottøy, Equinor’s chief procurement officer (CPO).
Signed in a ceremony at Aibel’s premises at Forus, the contracts indicate high activity in Norway for several years ahead.
“We have a long-term cooperation with Aibel, one of our main cooperation partners in further maturing our project portfolio on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS). In our ongoing projects we have tested new digital tools enhancing our efficiency, which will be important going forward. More use of industry standards and energy-efficient solutions are central to maintain profitability and being able to realise projects also in the future. This is something we will ensure together with Aibel through these contracts,” says Geir Tungesvik, Equinor’s senior vice president for project development.
Aibel has been awarded a contract for front-end engineering and design (FEED) for the unmanned processing platform at the Krafla field. The award is a continuation of the pre-FEED contract they were awarded in 2020. The study will form the basis for tying an unmanned platform to the Aker BP-operated platform on the NOA field. The study is valued at just above NOK 180 million.
Aibel has also been awarded a FEED study, including an option for an extended FEED study and the actual implementation of topside modifications for tying the Asterix discovery to the Aasta Hansteen platform.
The Gina Krog licence partners have decided to invest in a new oil export solution on the Gina Krog field. A new 23-kilometre pipeline between Gina Krog and Sleipner A (SLA) will replace the existing Rangfrid floating storage and offloading vessel (FSO) in 2024. Aibel has been awarded an implementation contract for modifications on Gina Krog and Sleipner A for tying the platforms together by the new pipeline.
On behalf of the operator Gassco and the Gassled partnership, Equinor has awarded Aibel a FEED contract for electrification of turbines and pressure boilers at the Kårstø processing plant.