Wintershall Dea chooses hybrid power for Norwegian operations

Wintershall Dea Lars Peder Solstad, and  Alv B. Solheim
Wintershall Dea Lars Peder Solstad, and  Alv B. Solheim
Wintershall Dea
  • Company will install hybrid batteries from Kongsberg on supply vessels
  • Normand Naley and Normand Falnes contracted from Solstad Offshore for at least two years

As part of its philosophy of exploring, developing and producing sustainably on the Norwegian Continental Shelf, Wintershall Dea is installing hybrid batteries on two new vessels to supply its operated licenses.

Signing a lease deal for the vessels with Solstad Offshore scheduled to last at least two years, the Normand Naley and Normand Falnes will be equipped with Kongsberg batteries expected to reduce emissions by around 12% per year. Options are in place for the lease to last up to five years.

The two boats are using hybrid power to save around 600 m3 of fuel per year. Over half a decade, reductions in CO2 is estimated at more than 10,000 tonnes – the equivalent of running around 5,000 cars for a year in Norway*.

“We approach our commitments to the environment in the same way as we approach every other element of our business. That means we seek the smartest and most efficient means of carrying out our operations in the cleanest way possible,” said Alv Solheim, Wintershall Dea Managing Director in Norway.

Wintershall Dea has become a champion of hybrid battery solutions in its operated campaigns procuring a similar solution for the West Mira rig which is contracted to drill at least nine wells for the company in the next 24 months.

The “Normand Naley and “Normand Falnes are expected to support the West Mira in drilling the Bergknapp prospect, infill wells on the Maria and Vega fields, and development wells on Nova.

In 2017, Wintershall became the first operator in Norway to be certified for Energy Management by the International Organization for Standardization. As a merged company Wintershall Dea in Norway retains the ISO 50001 certification.

“Installing hybrid batteries on these two vessels is about carrying out our work in the most environmentally friendly way possible. We are committed to pursuing energy management throughout all our operations, and we have procured the best in class solution to help meet our obligations,” said Arve Børseth Bjørnsen, Wintershall Dea Marine Lead.

The installation of the two batteries will cost in the region of NOK 40 million. The NOx Fund, which awards grants for schemes which reduce emissions, will contribute to the cost.

Part of Wintershall Dea’s investment will be offset by savings in fuel. The hybrid solution is also likely to incur less maintenance cost for the vessel owners.

*According to The Norwegian National Statistics Bureau (SSB)

About Wintershall Dea

With the merger of Wintershall Holding GmbH and DEA Deutsche Erdoel AG, two successful companies with a long tradition have formed Europe’s leading independent natural gas and oil company: Wintershall Dea. 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 stands for more than 120 years of experience as an operator and project partner along the entire E&P value chain. The company employs around 4,000 people worldwide from over 60 nations. The company plans to increase its average daily production from around 590,000 barrels of oil equivalent in 2018 to around 750,000 boe/d by 2023.

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