Posted on August 28, 2023
Marine construction player Ocean Installer, formerly Havfram Subsea, has won a new contract from Norway’s Equinor.
The so-called subsea lines modification (SLM) project covers work at Visund, Vigdis, Åsgard fields and the Northern Lights CO2 pipeline. The award constitutes riser replacements at the fields with engineering commencing immediately. Offshore operations are planned for 2024 with optional work in 2023 and 2025.
In addition, the scope includes two Morgrip connections utilising Equinor’s pipeline repair system, one at Vigdis as a part of the riser replacement, and one campaign connecting the shore section from the CO2 receiving terminal in Øygarden with the offshore section of the new Northern Lights CO2 pipeline.
Northern Lights delivers CO2 transport and storage as a service and is part of Norway’s project to develop a full-scale carbon capture and storage value chain. The company is owned by Equinor, Shell, and TotalEnergies, and the onshore and offshore facilities are developed by Equinor on behalf of the Northern Lights JV. Phase 1 with a capacity to inject up 1.5m tonnes of CO2 per year is scheduled to be ready for operation in 2024.
“This is our third award from Equinor this year and we are pleased to see that Equinor continues to put their trust in us for executing these highly complex offshore operations. This award adds to our long track record of SLM work with Equinor, going back ten years since the first award in 2013. The Northern Lights C02 Pipeline scope, further demonstrates that our marine construction competence is transferrable to renewables projects – expanding our addressable market,” remarked Kevin Murphy, CEO of Ocean Installer.