The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy has approved the plans for connecting the Edvard Grieg platform to power from shore. This takes Lundin Energy yet another step closer to becoming carbon neutral in 2025.
Connecting the platform to the power cable from shore will make it possible to shut down the gas turbines currently used to produce the electricity used in production. Our calculations indicate that this will result in savings of about 3.6 million tonnes of CO2 over the field’s lifetime, which is equivalent to the annual emissions of 1.8 million passenger cars.
The hook-up will take place when the area solution for power from shore for fields on the Utsira High is ready for operation. This will occur in connection with Phase 2 of the development of the Johan Sverdrup field. In addition to Edvard Grieg, this solution will also supply electricity to Gina Krog, Ivar Aasen and Sleipner.
During construction of Edvard Grieg, the facility was prepared for power from shore. An electric boiler will also be installed to provide heat requirements in the platform’s process plant. This work is well under way.
Lundin Energy aims to become carbon neutral from 2025. The electrification of Edvard Grieg is an important step in this work.
“Electrification of Edvard Grieg and Johan Sverdrup makes us as a company, and the Norwegian shelf, extremely competitive in the energy transition, but also makes us large-scale consumers of electricity,” says Kristin Færøvik, Managing Director in Lundin Energy Norway.
That is why Lundin Energy Norway has the objective of replacing its entire net power consumption from shore, with investments in renewable power projects by the end of 2023. In addition to the hydropower plant in Leikanger, Lundin has secured a 50 per cent interest in the Metsälamminkangas wind farm in Finland, which will supply around 400 GWh (net) annually to the Nordic grid. This is equivalent to the annual electricity consumption of over 100,000 European households.
The Edvard Grieg field is located in production licence 338, on the Utsira High in the central part of the North Sea. The licensee group consists of Lundin Energy Norway (operator) with an ownership interest of 65 per cent, OMV Norge AS with 20 per cent and Wintershall DEA with 15 per cent.