Further emission cuts from the Troll field


The Troll field in the North Sea will become nearly fully electrified using power from shore in 2026 (Illustration: Equinor).

23/04/2021 Once Troll Vest in the North Sea is hooked up to receive electric power through cables from shore in 2026 (Troll B partial, Troll C complete), this will result in emission cuts of 466,000 tonnes of CO₂ each year, according to statements by operator Equinor in a new plan for development and operation (PDO), submitted Friday.

This emission cut is equivalent to around one per cent of total emissions in Norway (around 50 million tonnes).

Troll A was the first platform on the Norwegian shelf to run on power from shore. Until now, Troll B and C have been run on power from gas generators on the platforms.

The work to modify and prepare Troll B is scheduled for completion in the spring of 2024, while Troll C will be ready for power from shore by the autumn of 2026.

The PDO describes the plans to modify the platforms in the North Sea, the onshore facility at Kollsnes outside Bergen and the power cables from Kollsnes out to the field. According to Equinor, the total investment is estimated at 7.9 billion kroner (2021).

Continued electrification of oil and gas fields using power from shore is important if Equinor is to keep its pledge of a 40 per cent emission cut by 2030.

Generally speaking, it is most profitable to electrify fields with long lifetimes (like Troll) and significant emissions, and which are located relatively close to shore.

In good weather, the Troll field can be glimpsed from the Ulriken mountain in Bergen.

Read more about the TROLL-Field

Read the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy press release (in Norwegian only).


Ola Anders Skauby

Director Communication, public affairs and emergency response

Tel: +47 905 98 519

Updated: 23/04/2021

Latest news

Seabed minerals: Substantial resources on the Norwegian shelf
27/01/2023 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has prepared a resource assessment of the seabed minerals on the Norwegian shelf.
Production figures December 2022
20/01/2023 Preliminary production figures for December 2022 show an average daily production of 1 983 000 barrels of oil, NGL and condensate.
Gas discovery near the Aasta Hansteen-field in the Norwegian Sea – 6605/1-2 S and 6605/1-2 A
18/01/2023 Equinor Energi AS, operator of production licence 1128, has concluded the drilling of wildcat well 6605/1-2 S and appraisal well 6605/1-2 A.
Drilling permit for well 15/2-2 S and 15/2-2 A
17/01/2023 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted OMV (Norge) AS drilling permit for well 15/2-2 S and 15/2-2 A, cf. Section 13 of the Resource Management Regulations.
Changes in the regulations
13/01/2023 The Resource Management Regulations and Regulations relating to documentation in connection with storing CO2 on the shelf have been changed.
Six companies have applied for CO2 storage acreage
11/01/2023 The Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (MPE) has received applications from six companies in connection with the announcement of an area in the North Sea for potential storage of CO2 on the Norwegian shelf.
Announcement: Acreage for CO2 storage on the Norwegian Continental Shelf
11/01/2023 On 11 of January 2023, the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy announced an area for CO2 storage pursuant to the CO2 Storage Regulations.
APA 2022: 25 companies offered ownership interests
10/01/2023 On 10 January 2023, 25 companies were offered ownership interests in a total of 47 production licences on the Norwegian shelf in the awards in predefined areas (APA) 2022.
Investments for the future on the Shelf
09/01/2023 Only rarely have we seen so much oil and gas produced on the Norwegian shelf as was the case last year – and only rarely have we seen such significant investment decisions.
Continuing the near subsurface mapping for offshore wind
06/01/2023 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has awarded contracts to the companies Fugro and Enviros for mapping of the shallowest strata under the seabed.