Statoil has awarded contracts worth NOK3.1bn ($367m) to five ship owners for seven offshore supply vessels, which will be equipped with hybrid battery operation.

The vessels, which are expected to be provided with shore power connection, will be operated from the supply bases at Mongstad, Dusavik, Florø and Kristiansund.

The contracts have been secured by Skanski Offshore, DOF, Solstad Farstad, Ugland, and Havila.

Skanski Offshore has received five-year contract to operate Sjoborg vessel from Mongstad, while DOF has secured five-year contract for Skandi Mongstad and Skandi Flora vessels, which will be operated from Mongstad and Dusavik supply bases.

Solstad Farstad has secured five-year contract for Far Searcher vessel, which will be operated from Kristiansund supply base.

Ugland has received three-year contract for Juanita vessel that will be operated from Mongstad supply base.

Havila has secured three-year contracts for Havila Foresight and Havila Charisma vessels, which will be operated from Mongstad and Florø supply bases.

Statoil has 16 supply vessels on long-term contract with ten different ship owners., which also covers current vessels. The company already operates two battery-operated vessels on contract.

Statoil joint operations support senior vice president Philippe Mathieu said: “We look forward to a long-term cooperation with the chosen ship owners.

“The contracts will bring predictability to both the ship owners and Statoil, and will allow us to focus on optimising our operations to continuously improve operation, safety and energy efficiency,”

“The bidding process has attracted high attention, and we have received bids for around 50 vessels from many competent and highly qualified ship owners.”

Image: Skandi Mongstad at the Norne field. Photo: courtesy of Statoil ASA.