Recently, Lundin Energy Norway brought in two new supply vessels to the fleet that supports our offshore activities. All five of the vessels we have contracted are hybridised with batteries and can be connected to onshore power, thus reducing the fleets CO2 emissions by up to 20%.
Drilling rigs and oil platforms need support vessels to transport equipment and supplies to the installations. These vessels are also used for anchor handling, and for assistance in offshore preparedness.
In addition to the Edvard Grieg production platform, we now have the West Bollsta and Rowan Viking drilling rigs on assignment for us on the NCS. These activities are supported by 5 vessels, all of which now have installed battery packs that can provide electricity and thus reduce CO2 emissions. All the vessels are also equipped to connect to onshore power where this is available. This measure yields a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of up to 20% compared with emissions from conventional diesel-powered vessels.
“We are not aware of any other operator with a fleet that is 100% hybridised and equipped for onshore power,” says Jan Vidar Markmanrud, HSEQ Director in Lundin Energy Norway. “Therefore, we believe that our fleet is the cleanest on the Norwegian Shelf right now. But this is obviously an area where we hope for tough competition from other operators.”
In addition to the fact that all five vessels are hybridised, four of them can also run on LNG. This measure further helps to reduce CO2 by 10 per cent or more, but as importantly makes a particularly large contribution by reducing NOx by around 80%, a component that contributes to local pollution and reduced air quality.
The two last vessels in the fleet were placed on contract this week. Island Contender and Olympic Energy will enter the rotation as regular boats for the Rowan Viking drilling rig in the North Sea.
Prior to this, we had contracted Siem Symphony and Island Crusader as support vessels for the West Bollsta drilling rig, which is now working for us in the Barents Sea. Island Commander has been hired for use in production on the Edvard Grieg platform.
Lundin Energy Norway’s objective is to contribute toward modernising the offshore vessel fleet, which is an important and necessary step in reducing our supply chain emissions, towards our ultimate goal to become carbon-neutral across our operations by 2030. We are doing this by actively selecting vessels with new technology and low emissions. In several cases, we have also contributed to facilitate installation of new technology, such as battery packs on vessels that we place on contract for us.
“The costs of this are reflected in the rates we pay for the vessels. We have set an ambitious goal of cutting emissions from our activities, so this is an important element in our contribution toward making the offshore vessel fleet more environmentally friendly,” says Jan Vidar Markmanrud.