Brage logistics: vessel sharing agreement increases efficiency

Brage’s supply vessel Energy Swan WintershallDea
Brage’s supply vessel Energy Swan WintershallDea
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A vessel sharing agreement signed with Equinor to collaborate in suppling platforms close to Brage, shall substantially increase the efficiency of Wintershall Dea’s logistics department in Norway.

As of May 25, Brage’s supply vessel Energy Swan will also provide services to the nearby Statfjord A, B, and C platforms, and Veslefrikk through a sharing agreement. Cargo will be co-ordinated at a common base at Mongstad, and the Energy Swan will call on a fixed route between the platforms.

“This is a totally different regime for our colleagues on Brage. They have gone from having a 100% dedicated vessel, to being a part of a fixed route scheme, sharing the vessel with other platforms”, said Arne Kjetil Nilsen, Wintershall Dea Norge Logistics and Marine Operations Manager, who signed the agreement.

The agreement with Equinor means the Energy Swan will be called into service regularly, saving fuel and reducing CO2 emissions compared with running several vessels.

“We are always looking for ways to make our operations more efficient both in terms of cost and emissions. This is an elegant way of achieving both at a time when the whole industry is looking for solutions to extraordinary circumstances. The hard work performed by the teams in both Equinor and Wintershall Dea to achieve this is highly appreciated” said Børge Nerland, Wintershall Dea Vice President for Production.

About Wintershall Dea

Wintershall Dea is Europe’s leading independent natural gas and oil company with more than 120 years of experience as an operator and project partner along the entire E&P value chain. The company with German roots and headquarters in Kassel and Hamburg explores for and produces gas and oil in 13 countries worldwide in an efficient and responsible manner. With activities in Europe, Russia, Latin America and the MENA region (Middle East & North Africa), Wintershall Dea has a global upstream portfolio and, with its participation in natural gas transport, is also active in the midstream business.

Wintershall Dea was formed from the merger of Wintershall Holding GmbH and DEA Deutsche Erdoel AG, in 2019. Today, the company employs around 2,800 people worldwide from over 60 nations.

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