Aker BP Awards Yggdrasil Power-From-Shore Contract
The work scope for the project runs through year-end 2027.
Norway’s Aker BP awarded Multiconsult Norge a contract for civil engineering, consultancy, and supervision services in the Yggdrasil power-from-shore project. The contract is valid until the end of 2027 and is estimated to be about $36.8 million.
Yggdrasil, formerly known as NOAKA, comprises the Hugin, Fulla, and Munin license groups, and the area is located between Alvheim and Oseberg. The area is home to a number of discoveries and contains a total of around 650 million BOE, Aker BP said.
The concept includes a new transformer station at Børdalen in Samnanger, a new 11-km, 145-kV powerline in Samnanger, a compensation station at Årskog in Fitjar, and a 250-km, 145-kV sea cable from Samnanger to the Yggdrasil area in the Norwegian North Sea.
According to Aker BP, the power-from-shore system will provide a stable and secure power supply to Yggdrasil with low emissions. The entire Yggdrasil area will be remotely operated from an integrated operations center and control room onshore in Stavanger.
“We are very pleased to enter this long-term agreement with Multiconsult. The company has already contributed to the power-from-shore project in Yggdrasil for several years and has delivered high quality over time,” said Tormod Huseby, project manager for Aker BP.
The Oslo-based Multiconsult will provide all necessary onshore civil engineering for the system. It also will deliver consultancy and supervision services for preparing and following the power license.
Aker BP and partners in the project—Equinor and Poland’s LOTOS Exploration & Production Norge—took a final investment decision to develop the Yggdrasil area in December 2022. In May 2023, PGNiG Upstream Norway acquired the assets of LOTOS Exploration & Production Norge.
On 31 March, the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy awarded Aker BP a license to connect the Yggdrasil-area platforms to the power grid in Samnanger in Vestland County. The Storting approved the plans for developing and operating the Yggdrasil area on 5 June.
Yggdrasil is expected to contribute 65,000 man-years in Norway's development and operational phase. The Norwegian share of the investments is more than 65%. The power-from-shore part of the project contributes to securing regional jobs in western Norway, said Aker BP.