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Electrification of Njord field to cut CO2 emissions


Norway – Njord A will be electrified as part of a cooperative effort with OKEA to reduce production-related greenhouse gas emissions. The Ministry of Petroleum and Industry has received a revised plan for development and operation (PDO) that Equinor filed on behalf of the Njord licensing partners.

The Hyme, Bauge, and Fenja tie-back fields will benefit as well from the electrification of Njord. These areas contribute to project funding.

OKEA will be in charge of building the power infrastructure from coast to Draugen as the facility’s operator. The cable from Draugen to Njord, as well as the upgrades and alterations on Njord A, where the two current gas turbines for main power production will be replaced by electricity from shore via Draugen, will be the responsibility of Equinor. Based on this, the Njord Bravo FSO will be entirely electrified and will be able to supply roughly 60% of the power required by Njord A.

Emissions reduction

The electrification of Draugen and Njord will reduce annual CO2 emissions by 330 000 tonnes.

The fields will be connected to the power grid at a transformer station at Straum in the municipality of fjord with a total annual power requirement of up to 80 MW. The 200 MW transformer station is run by Tension, and the project doesn’t call for grid upgrades.

An estimated NOK 7.3 billion will be spent on the project as a whole, of which a respectable NOK 3 billion will go for the share of the Njord license. The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy must approve the updated plans for development and operation (PDO) and for installation and operation (PIO).

Launch is anticipated to occur in the first quarter of 2027.