Equinor has handed out Nkr1.4Bn (US$150M) in contracts for supply bases to support its growing offshore oil and gas production, development and exploration operations in Norway
Norsea Group, Saga Fjordbase and ASCO Norge have secured contracts from Equinor to operate supply bases along Norway’s coastline from Stavanger in western Norway to Hammerfest on the northern coast, in the Arctic.
These bases, terminals and warehouses support Equinor’s oil and gas projects in the North, Norwegian and Barents seas.
The contracts cover supply base services until July 2023, ensuring Equinor will have sufficient equipment and materials for drilling, maintenance and production activities.
They also support ongoing and future demand for offshore support vessels on the Norwegian continental shelf.
NorSea Group, which gains the bulk of the new contracts, will operate terminals and warehouse services in Dusavik, near Stavanger; Kristiansund, near Trondheim; Hammerfest and Mongstad, north of Bergen; plus warehouse services in Ågotnes, west of Bergen; and Florø, south-west of Ålesund.
Saga Fjordbase will operate a supply base in Florø and ASCO will run terminal and warehouse services in Sandnessjøen for Equinor’s Norwegian Sea services.
“These new two-year contracts help secure jobs and enable continuity for the bases and the business clusters associated with them,” said Equinor chief procurement officer Peggy Krantz-Underland.
“Employing over 800 people, from Dusavik in the south to Hammerfest in the north, the bases create important activity in the local communities along the Norwegian coast,” she added.
These contracts were awarded on behalf of Equinor-operated licences on the Norwegian continental shelf through an exercise of options included in the framework agreements established in 2015.
“The supply bases in Norway are cornerstones for our offshore operations all along the coast,” said Equinor’s manager for supply operations on the Norwegian continental shelf, Roger Foss.
“In 2019, around 2M tonnes of goods and bulk were shipped via these bases to serve our offshore operations,” he continued. “We look to further co-operate and improve our supply base safety, efficiency and sustainability.”
Part of this co-operation involves reducing greenhouse gas emissions from these terminals and warehouses as part of Equinor’s drive to cut CO2 emissions from logistical operations on the Norwegian continental shelf. A recent example is the common effort to enable shore-to-ship power supply, now in place at five of the bases.
This significantly reduces both CO2 emissions and noise from vessels while docked at the bases.
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