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Norway's Giant Field Johan Sverdrup Powered from Shore

The Norwegian Minister of Petroleum and Energy officially opened the power-from-shore solution to provide the Johan Sverdrup field in the North Sea with electricity for more than 50 years, Equinor announced on Tuesday.

According to Equinor, with electric power supplied from shore, Johan Sverdrup operations can be run without the use of fossil fuels, which makes it one of the most carbon-efficient fields worldwide. Kjell-Borge Freiberg switched off the temporary generators that had supplied the field with electricity during the first months of the installation campaign offshore.

Power from shore to Johan Sverdrup will help reduce emissions by an estimated 460,000 tonnes of carbon per year, equivalent to the emissions of 230,000 private cars each year.

Jez Averty, Equinor's senior vice president for operations in the south of the North Sea hailed the launch as an important day for Equinor and Johan Sverdrup partners.

"With estimated resources of up to 3.2 billion barrels, and a production horizon of more than 50 years, it's key that Johan Sverdrup production is as effective as possible with the lowest possible emissions. Low carbon production is a key element of the company’s strategy and fully aligned with our roadmaps for climate and for the Norwegian continental shelf," Averty said.

The Johan Sverdrup field is one of the five biggest oil fields on the Norwegian continental shelf. With recoverable resources estimated of between 2.2 and 3.2 billion barrels of oil equivalent (boe) with expected volumes of 2.7 billion boe, it is one of the most important industrial projects in Norway with impacts that are set to last over the next 50 years.

Equinor holds 40.03 percent share in the field while Lundin Norway holds a 22.6 percent stake; Petoro has a 17.4 percent interest, Aker BP with 11.57 percent and Total with 8.4 percent.

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