Aker Solutions to electrify Equinor’s Troll field in North Sea

16 January 2020 (Last Updated September 21st, 2020 07:06)

Norwegian company Aker Solutions has secured a front-end engineering (FEED) study from Equinor to accommodate imports of power from shore for the Troll B and C platforms in the North Sea.

Aker Solutions to electrify Equinor’s Troll field in North Sea
Troll C platform in the North Sea. Credit: Øyvind Hagen / Equinor ASA.

Aker Solutions has secured a front-end engineering (FEED) study from Norwegian company Equinor to accommodate imports of power from shore for the Troll B and C platforms in the North Sea.

The contract is aimed at reducing CO2 emissions from the Troll field.

The Troll oil and gas field is located 65km outside Bergen on Norway’s west coast, at a water depth of 300m.

Operator Equinor currently holds a 30.58% ownership of the field while the remaining stake is held by Petoro (56%), Norske Shell (8.10%), Total E&P Norge (3.69%) and ConocoPhillips Skandinavia (1.62%).

Aker Solutions’ study will outline how the electrical equipment will be installed on Troll B and C platforms.

It will also outline how the replacement from the gas turbine to electrical driven compressors on Troll C would be performed.

Upon execution of the final investment decision (FID), Equinor has the possibility to include an option for the engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI).

Aker Solutions CEO Luis Araujo said: “Our ambition is to generate 25% of our revenue from low carbon solutions such as electrification by 2030.

“The electrification of Troll B and C is a great example of how we are executing on our strategy and helping operators to reduce emissions significantly.”

The company expects the FEED study for both the platforms to be delivered in the second half of this year.

Equinor chief procurement officer Peggy Krantz-Underland said: “This is an important award that supports the industry’s ambition to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions in Norway with 40% by 2030 and to near zero by 2050.

“Using electrical power from shore will require large and complex modification work at the Troll B and C platforms.”

In September 2017, Aker Solutions secured a deal to provide FEED services for a module that will increase output at the Troll natural gas field in the North Sea.