Enabling energy transition for Equinor – Installation of the ABB HVDC VSC control replica to study Johan Sverdrup’ oilfield power supply

by | Dec 20, 2019 | News

Enabling energy transition for Equinor

Delivery and installation of the ABB HVDC VSC control replica in Jonage, France, to study Johan Sverdrup’ oilfield power supply


Since early 2018, RTE International has been supporting Equinor as part of the Johan Sverdrup HVDC parallel operation project by implementing a real-time lab and performing interaction studies.

Today, the project moved a step forward with the delivery and installation of the ABB HVDC VSC control replica. This system is the exact reproduction of the control system that has been installed in Norway to enable Equinor power the Johan Sverdrup oil field from shore as part of the first part of the project.

Associated with a real-time simulator, this control replica will be interfaced with the SIEMENS HVDC VSC control replica that will be delivered in a few weeks as part of the second part of the project. In the same way as on site, the two HVDC control replicas will be associated with the replica of the PMS/PDCS (master controller) provided by Aibel and Kongsberg Maritime, forming the real-time lab controlled through a centralized HMI.

We will perform EMT interaction studies, to ensure that the control and protection systems to be implemented on site do not create unexpected interactions that will impact the power supply of the Johan Sverdrup field.

The parallel operation of the two HVDC-VSC links is expected to be commissioned in 2022 and we are glad to be part of this project, which represents a world-first in the field of HVDC.

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About Equinor

Equinor is an international energy company present in more than 30 countries worldwide, including several of the world’s most important oil and gas provinces. It is the largest operator in Norway, one of the world’s largest offshore operators, and a growing force in renewables

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