Aker BP Awards Multiconsult Norge $37.4 Million Contract for North Sea Power from Shore Project
Posted 02/10/2023 10:10
Aker BP, the Norwegian oil and gas company, has selected Multiconsult Norge to provide civil engineering, consultancy, and supervision services for a power from shore project in the North Sea offshore Norway. This project, known as Yggdrasil, aims to provide a stable and environmentally friendly power supply with low emissions.
Under the contract, which is valid until the end of 2027 and worth approximately NOK 400 million (about $37.4 million), Multiconsult will be responsible for onshore civil engineering, consultancy, and supervision services related to power licensing, environmental assessments, dialogue with authorities, applications, and site work.
Tormod Huseby, Aker BP Project manager, expressed satisfaction with the agreement, stating that Multiconsult had already contributed significantly to the Yggdrasil power from shore project.
The Yggdrasil project received approval from the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (MPE) on March 31, 2023. It involves connecting platforms in the Yggdrasil area to the power grid in Samnanger, Vestland County. This includes the construction of a new transformer station in Børdalen, a new 11-kilometer 145 kV powerline in Samnanger, a compensation station in Årskog, Fitjar, and a 250-kilometer 145 kV sea cable from Samnanger to the Yggdrasil area in the North Sea.
The development project, with an estimated cost of NOK 115 billion (around $10.78 billion), is expected to generate 65,000 full-time equivalents in Norway during the development and operational phases. Aker BP has prioritized local content, with over 65% of investments originating in Norway. In June 2023, Linjepartner was awarded a multi-million-dollar contract for delivering overhead lines for the Yggdrasil power from shore project.
The Yggdrasil area, formerly known as NOAKA, comprises the Hugin, Munin, and Fulla fields located between the Alvheim and Oseberg fields in the North Sea. The development involves an unmanned production platform (Munin) to the north, a process platform with a well bay area and living quarters (Hugin A) to the south, and a normally unmanned wellhead platform on Frøy (Hugin B) connected to Hugin A.
The entire Yggdrasil area will be remotely controlled from an onshore integrated interaction center and control room in Stavanger, contributing to low emissions of less than 1 kg CO2 per barrel.