Wood lands Equinor contracts

Source: press releases, 29 August 2018

Equinor’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility at Melkøya (photo: Equinor/Ole Jørgen Bratland)
Equinor’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility at Melkøya (photo: Equinor/Ole Jørgen Bratland)

Mongstad modifications
Wood has secured two new strategic modifications contracts with Equinor for the Mongstad refinery near Bergen, growing its downstream capability in Norway.

These contracts continue Wood’s support of the Mongstad refinery which aligns with the company’s focus on expanding its existing footprint in the onshore market in Norway.

The scope of the contracts includes front-end engineering design (FEED) for a gas residue debottleneck project, and engineering and procurement services to reduce sulphur content in gasoline produced at the refinery.

Effective immediately, the contracts will be delivered by Wood’s engineering teams based in Sandefjord and Bergen, Norway, with support drawn from the company’s global expertise.

Dave Stewart, CEO of Wood’s Asset Solutions business in Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia, comments: “Wood has worked with Equinor for more than 20 years and is committed to supporting the Mongstad production facility and the key role it plays in processing oil and gas from the Norwegian continental shelf. Our local engineering teams will provide their in-depth knowledge of Equinor’s processes and systems, as well as decades of experience in the Norwegian energy sector to safely and successfully deliver these contracts.”

Earlier this year, the company successfully completed front-end engineering design and analysis for modifications at the refinery’s naphtha hydrotreating and storage systems.

Wood has a maintenance, modification and operations (MMO) framework agreement with Equinor worth approximately USD 400 million, secured in 2015, to deliver maintenance and modification services to four installations on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.

Hammerfest LNG development
Wood recently provided technical support for Equinor’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility atMelkøya, Norway, as part of a new contract secured under an existing master services agreement.

Hammerfest LNGis Europe’s largest LNG liquefaction plant and uses gas from the Snøhvit development in the Barents Sea.The plant has the capacity to produce 4.3 million tonnes per annum of LNG.

As part of the scope of work, Wood’s process technology and consulting team carried out a study phase assessment of onshore compression, additional LNG processing capacity and electrification of the facility. The study looked at the use of modular applications in brownfield environments to ensure a balance between safety, layout, construction and process constraints.

Bob MacDonald, CEO of Wood’s Specialist Technical Solutions business, says, “Wood has a longstanding working relationship with Equinor. We look forward to continuing this partnership by helping the team evaluate and realise opportunities for the continued operation of Hammerfest LNG at plateau and into the foreseeable future through the potential investment of new facilities.”

Geir A. Owren, project director at Equinor, says, “We are looking forward to working together with Wood as part of this study which aims to find effective solutions for the continued success of Hammerfest LNG.”