28/12/2021 – Installation is due to start in 2023
Nexans to connect Oseberg Field Centre with renewable energy
Nexans will manufacture and install the tailer-made power cable solution to connect Oseberg with power from mainland Norway. Cables will be manufactured in Nexans’ Halden facility and provide about 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.
Nexans has won a more than 80 million euros contract to manufacture and install a power cable system that will deliver electricity directly from the Norwegian power grid to its Oseberg Field Centre. The cable system will provide renewable energy to the field and the contract is an important part of Equinor’s ongoing commitment to reduce its carbon footprint.
Oseberg is located in the North Sea, around 140km north-west of Bergen. Nexans’ tailor-made power cable solution will be installed through Nexans’ “Aurora” vessel, which has the industry-leading capability to lay the cables in one compact installation. Not only does this save time and lower costs, it also reduces the environmental impact of the operation due to smaller transport distances.
The cable system consists of a one 3-core 132kV AC cable with the capacity to transport and supply 180MW to the main platform at Oseberg. The power cables will include two fiber optic cables, each fitted with 48 SM fiber optic elements. They will be connected to a central DTS system which crucially allows operators to detect early warning signs of any technical issues in the cables.The Installation is due to start in 2023.
Nexans is Equinor’s long-term partner in renewable energy projects and provides expertise and technology to connect Oseberg with renewable energy power. Nexans cabling system will allow Oseberg to operate using renewable energy harnessed from hydropower and so achieve about 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in those areas of the field.