Important environmental investment

A new shore power facility was recently put into operation at Aibel’s yard in Haugesund. In total, the facility may reduce CO2 emissions from the yard with up to 34 tons every day.

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All photos: Øyvind Sætre/Aibel.

Ships and other installations at quayside has previously been operated using diesel generators. This has its clear disadvantages in terms of efficiency, noise and air pollution. It was therefore with great joy the yard received NOK 5.5 million in support from Enova this spring to establish an onshore power facility.

“Compared to diesel generators, the onshore power facility protects the environment from up to 34 tons of CO2 emissions every day,” tells a satisfied Yard Manager, Tom Falkeid.

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40 – 50 ships, in addition to some rigs, dock at Aibel’s yard in Haugesund each year. Instead of supplying them with power from noisy diesel generators, they may now be connected to the yard’s onshore power facility.

The onshore power facility comprises two converter containers that may be moved around the quay area according to needs. Now, they supply power to ships that have docked for maintenance and other assignments. Next year the facility will also be used for the commissioning phase of the Johan Sverdrup Drilling Platform Deck.

“In addition to the environmental benefits, the onshore power facility will ensure far more affordable power to our projects. This means a lot in today’s market. Providing our clients with even better prices helps us secure jobs,” Falkeid points out.

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The facility is easily operated from inside the converter containers. Here, Johan Magne Waka (left), who is responsible for quayside power supply, and Yard Manager Tom Falkeid, also keep track of consumption.

Aibel has been responsible for the establishing the facility, while the actual converter equipment has been delivered by Petro Support West. Each converter container may deliver a total of 20.000 kWt during a 24 hour period – enough to meet the energy need of a family house for an entire year.