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Equinor to electrify platforms for billions and reduce CO2 emissions

Equinor, formerly Statoil, will use more energy from land to a series of rigs in the North Sea, thus reducing CO2 emissions. The project will cost billions, reports Dagens Næringsliv.

The platform Troll C is one of three installations to be electrified, according to Equinor's plans. | Photo: Øyvind Hagen/Equinor

Norwegian oil major Equinor, formerly Statoil, will electrify three of its new offshore rigs in the North Sea with onshore electricity. According to the company, the project could reduce CO2 emissions by upwards of 600,000 tons annually from the rigs.

"We are now looking at the possibility of supplying power from land to Troll C and the Sleipner area by utilising and expanding existing infrastructure from land," says Arne Sigve Nylund, Equinor's executive vice president for the Norwegian continental shelf, in a press release.

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