Statoil boosts supply fleet with battery-powered vessels
Statoil has awarded contracts to five ship owners for seven supply vessels to support the company’s activities offshore Norway.
Total contract value is NOK3.1 billion ($370 million), including options. All the vessels will be equipped with hybrid battery operation, with the added possibility of a shore power connection.
Statoil adds that the vessels selected have technical specifications adapted to suit itslogistics operations.
They will operate from the supply bases at Mongstad, Dusavik, Florø, and Kristiansund. The following ship owners and vessels have been awarded five-year contracts, including five one-year extension options:
Ship owner office
The following ship owners and vessels have been awarded three-year contracts, including three one-year extension options:
Ship owner office
Frida Eklöf Monstad, head of Statoil’s marine unit within its logistics activities, said: “Since 2011 we have reduced CO2 emissions from our vessel portfolio on the Norwegian continental shelf by close to 30%, and together with the ship owners we want to further reduce our climate footprint.
“Vessels that can demonstrate low fuel consumption have therefore been successful in this award. Based on our experience battery operation has a good impact on consumption and emissions, and we are pleased that all vessels awarded long-term contracts with us today will be equipped for battery power and shore power.”
None of the vessels awarded contracts currently have a system for battery-operation or shore power, but this equipment will however be installed, and Norway’s NOx (nitrogen oxide) fund is supporting ship owners in moves to install batteries.
The contracted vessels will have ‘Battery Power Notation,’ which Statoil said will allow them to achieve great savings in fuel consumption while working in dynamic positioning alongside the offshore installations.
Statoil already has two battery-operated vessels on contract.