Norwegian vitality big Equinor is pushing ahead with the event of the Northern Lights, a carbon seize and storage challenge in Norway, in partnership with two different oil majors, Shell and Total. The newest step was the award of a contract for the preparation of onshore services for the challenge.
In reference to the Northern Lights challenge, Equinor stated on Tuesday it has signed a contract with Skanska for constructing web site preparation and the development of jetty services for the CO2 receiving terminal.
Equinor will even signal a lease settlement with CCB Kollsnes for the world for the short-term challenge workplace.
Project director, Sverre Overå, stated: “Today we transfer components of the Northern Lights challenge to Kollsnes, permitting the mandatory preparations for the event of the receiving terminal to start out pending the attainable approval of the Langskip challenge by the Norwegian authorities in the midst of the 12 months.
“A complete of 10-15 individuals from Equinor’s Northern Lights challenge crew and the suppliers will work within the challenge workplace”.
Equinor stated that the contract is topic to closing authorities approval of the Langskip challenge. The agreements intention to make sure progress as deliberate for the Northern Lights onshore services within the occasion of challenge approval.
To remind, the Northern Lights is a part of the Norwegian full-scale carbon seize and storage challenge referred to as Longship or Langskip in Norwegian. The challenge has been described as “the best local weather challenge in Norwegian business ever”.
Equinor additionally stated on Tuesday that the CO2 receiving terminal might be situated on the premises of Naturgassparken industrial space within the municipality of Øygarden in Western Norway. The plant might be remotely operated from Equinor’s services on the Sture terminal in Øygarden.
The plant is designed to retailer 1.5 million tonnes of CO2 per 12 months, consisting of storage tanks for intermediate storage, an import quay, unloading gear, injection pumps and gear, along with administration buildings.
Worth about NOK 380 million ($40.9M), the contract with Skanska consists of the institution of a web site, highway and infrastructure for the terminal and the development of an administration constructing, along with warehouse and workshop buildings.
The contract additionally consists of the development of a jetty and the institution of an exit highway to Naturgassparken from nation highway 561.
“We are happy to award the primary large contract within the challenge. Skanska is a strong nationwide and regional participant that we’ve got labored efficiently with earlier than. This contract demonstrates that the Northern Lights growth will contribute with exercise and new alternatives for regional and native business”, says Peggy Krantz-Underland, Equinor’s chief procurement officer.
The work will primarily be headed by Skanska’s Bergen division. Skanska estimates that the challenge will contain between 100 – 150 man-years of labor for Skanska and the companions.
Preparations will begin after the contract signing. The preparation of the constructing web site is scheduled to start out in January 2021, topic to closing authorities approval of the Langskip challenge.
Equinor will even signal a contract with CCB Kollsnes for the rent of workplace trailers and storage areas totalling about 16,000 m2.
The lease settlement will run till the summer time of 2024 when the terminal and administration constructing have been accomplished.
Earlier this 12 months Equinor, Shell and Total determined to put money into the Northern Lights challenge, the preliminary investments totalling virtually NOK 6.9 billion.