Equinor has selected several suppliers for inspection services on all offshore installations on the Norwegian continental shelf and onshore plants in Norway.
Along with the previously announced contract by Aker Solutions, Equinor has also selected Axess, Oceaneering Asset Integrity and IKM Operations for the work, taking effect from January 01, 2020.
The agreements have a fixed duration of six years plus two four-year options.
The total value, including options, is estimated at just above 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,” said Peggy Krantz-Underland, Equinor’s chief procurement officer (CPO).
The main purpose of the inspection services is to keep all installations in good shape and prepare for safe, reliable and efficient operations.
“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,” added Kjetil Hove, Equinor’s senior vice president for Operations Technology.
Under the contracts Axess will provide inspection services on Gullfaks (A, B, C), Troll (A, B, C), Kvitebjørn, Visund, Grane and Valemon, IKM on Snorre (A, B), Sleipner, Gudrun, Gina Krogh, Draupner, Johan Sverdrup and Tjeldbergodden, Oceaneering on Kårstø, Sture, Kollsnes, Hammerfest LNG, Norne, Aasta Hansteen and Johan Castberg, while Aker Solutions will provide services on Statfjord (A, B, C), Martin Linge, Oseberg field centre, Oseberg (South, East, C), Åsgard (A, B, C), Kristin, Heidrun (TLP, B), Njord (A, B) and Mongstad.