Equinor, KCA Deutag ink electrification contract for Askepott rig

Offshore staff

PORTLETHEN, Aberdeenshire — KCA Deutag’s Kenera business unit has been awarded a contract to electrify Equinor’s Askepott jackup rig in Norway.

The electrification project will make the Askepott rig the first in Equinor’s portfolio to be powered from onshore when it is completed in fourth-quarter 2024.

Askepott will receive power from high-voltage cabling via the Martin Linge A platform, which is already supplied with power from the shore through the world’s longest alternating current cable and is located 42 km west of the Oseberg Field in the Norwegian Continental Shelf.

The electrification of the Askepott rig in the field will enable energy-efficient drilling operations and provide significant decreases in greenhouse-gas emissions. Based on historic records and predicted calculations, it is anticipated the project will result in a reduction of 20,000 tons of CO2 per year when compared to running with traditional diesel generators.

KCA will convert the existing mud treatment room on Askepott to an electrical power room and install transformers, variable frequency drives and high-voltage switch boards certified to DNV classification requirements.

The company also will provide a turnkey solution from initial procurement, detailed engineering, installation and commissioning before handing the project over to Equinor and KCA Deutag’s team in Norway for the day-to-day operations onboard Askepott.


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