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Equinor Contracts Inspection Services for All Offshore Installations and Onshore Plants

Equinor

Equinor has chosen suppliers for inspection services on all offshore installations on the Norwegian Continental Shelf and onshore plants in Norway. The frame agreements, estimated at $383 million, are scheduled to be signed soon.

The agreements will be awarded to Aker Solutions AS, Axess AS, Oceaneering Asset Integrity AS, and IKM Operations AS, taking effect from 1 January 2020. The agreements have a fixed duration of 6 years plus two 4-year options.

The total value, including options, is estimated at just above $383 million (NOK 3.5 billion), where the scope will employ around 300–400 people per year.

“The agreements will ensure predictability for both Equinor and the suppliers. They form the basis for a strong long-term collaboration, allowing us to use new technologies, achieve continuous improvement, and increase safety and value creation for all parties,” says Peggy Krantz-Underland, Equinor’s chief procurement officer (CPO).

Revealing Weaknesses

The main purpose of the inspection services is to keep all installations in good shape and prepare for safe, reliable, and efficient operations.

The services will reveal weaknesses in oil and gas installations onshore and offshore to prevent serious damages, and several technologies are applied such as ultrasound, radiography, and drone inspection.

The agreements are designed to reward the suppliers for improvements in general and the use of new technology and digitalization specifically.

Advanced Technology

“We are already applying advanced ultrasound methods to reduce radiation from the use of radiography. These are advanced technologies that we expect to be even further developed. It is also exciting to see that drones are to mature from being a niche product to becoming standard deliveries within these services. This will benefit our installations, as we will have better methods for inspecting areas at height,” said Kjetil Hove, Equinor’s senior vice president for operations technology.

Main Supplier and Facilities

Aker Solutions AS: Statfjord (A, B, C), Martin Linge, Oseberg field center, Oseberg (South, East, C), Åsgard (A, B, C), Kristin, Heidrun (TLP, B), Njord (A, B), and Mongstad.

Axess AS: Gullfaks (A, B, C), Troll (A, B, C), Kvitebjørn, Visund, Grane, and Valemon.

IKM Operations AS: Snorre (A, B), Sleipner, Gudrun, Gina Krog, Draupner, Johan Sverdrup, and Tjeldbergodden.

Oceaneering Asset Integrity AS: Kårstø, Sture, Kollsnes, Hammerfest LNG, Norne, Aasta Hansteen, and Johan Castberg.

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