Aibel to build new power plant for Equinor’s Sverdrup oil field


August 29, 2018 – Norwegian company Aibel has won a contract from Equinor to build phase 2 of the onshore power plant at Haugsneset east of Kårstø.

The contract is valued at around $60m (NOK500m).


The phase 2 will secure power supply for the development of Johan Sverdrup oil field in the North Sea and also help establish the area solution for power from shore for the other fields – Edvard Grieg, Ivar Aasen and Gina Krog – on the Utsira formation.

Aibel will build a new converter substation at Haugsneset, which will have double the capacity compared to the plant in phase 1.

Aibel executive vice president of field development and offshore wind Nils Arne Hatleskog said: “It is both a great honour and a major vote of confidence that we are now continuing our collaboration with Equinor and will play a key part in phase 2 of Johan Sverdrup.

“Here we are also building the P2 process platform and are thus making important contributions to more eco-friendly operations on the Norwegian continental shelf.”

Aibel had also built the converter substation and pump station and associated infrastructure at Haugsneset in phase 1. The four first platforms on the Johan Sverdrup field will be supplied by this plant.

The project will begin at Aibel’s office in Asker. Later, it will be moved to Haugesund for implementation of the project phase and to Haugsneset for follow-up of construction.

Aibel project manager Ole Kristian Halvorsen said: “By virtue of our previous work at Haugsneset and other onshore facilities, we have an extremely experienced and competent organisation, which is well-equipped to ensure proper execution and delivery.”

Norconsult in Sandvika will prepare detailed engineering of the building and Aibel will be responsible for engineering of all technical disciplines, including a comprehensive ventilation system (HVAC) for the converter facility.

While Siemens will supply the converter components (HVDC), Aibel will be responsible for all other deliveries, including installation of the HVAC and HVDC facilities.

Subcontractor contracts for constructing the actual building will be awarded in 2019.


The completed plant is expected to be handed over to Equinor by the end of 2021.



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