Equinor Pushes Ahead with Shore Power
NorSea opened a shore power supply station at the Dusavik supply base in Stavanger, Norway, on January 18. The base is the latest in a string of supply bases where vessels operating on Equinor contracts are offered shore power for hotel needs while at berth and to charge their onboard batteries.
To date, 13 vessels on long-term contracts with Equinor have installed shore power systems on board, and a further five vessels will be prepared for shore power supply this year. An increasing number of vessels contracted by Equinor also have hybrid battery propulsion.
Since 2011, Equinor has reduced CO2 emissions from its logistical operations for the Norwegian Continental Shelf by 600,000 tons, a reduction of 37 percent. The figure includes emissions from helicopters and vessels used for supply, emergency response, rig moves and storage and equates to the annual emissions from all cars in Oslo. Equinor plans to reduce emissions by 50 percent by 2030.
In addition to Dusavik, shore power supply stations have been installed at the supply bases at Mongstad in Hordaland, Florø in Sogn og Fjordane, Kristiansund in Møre og Romsdal and Hammerfest in Finnmark during the past year.
The Norsea Group and its subsidiaries have been active in developing four of the bases used by Equinor for its supply activities. Financial support by Enova has made the investments possible.
Vessels on contract with Equinor that have installed a system for shore power per January 2019: