Photo: Olympic Energy vessel; Source: Vår Energi

Vår Energi chooses two ‘greener supply vessels’ in push to reduce emissions

Oil and gas company Vår Energi has decided to hire Olympic Energy and Troms Sirius supply vessels for service in the North Sea as part of its strategy to reduce the company’s environmental footprint.

Vår Energi said on Monday that the work on acquiring two new vessels to support its operations in the North Sea began in October.

The initiative is part of the company’s strategy to choose suppliers with solutions that can reduce its environmental footprint.

Vår Energi Operations Support Manager, Eivind Espe, said: “We are constantly working to reduce our footprint, so we were extra happy when Olympic Energy became available.

“The supply vessel is one of the cleanest vessels in operation on the shelf and helps us move closer to a more environmentally friendly oil and gas production in the North Sea”.

In addition to running on natural gas (LNG), Olympic Energy has a battery pack of 460 kWh on board. The battery switches on when energy consumption is at its peak.

In addition, the vessel can connect to shore power and charge the battery when the ship is at the quay.

The second vessel is Troms Sirius. It uses traditional fuel but will be upgraded to be able to be connected to shore power during quay stays.

Both vessels will operate between the Balder field in the North Sea and Dusavik quay, north of Stavanger.

Vår Energi has a total of three supply vessels on contract. In addition to Troms Sirius and Olympic Energy serving the Balder field in the south, Stil Barents operates between Polarbase in Hammerfest and the Goliat field in the Barents Sea.