DNV, STRI team for offshore electrification

Offshore staff

OSLO, Norway -- DNV and the Swedish Transmission Research Institute (STRI) have agreed to collaborate on advanced solutions for power transmission offshore.

“There are two fundamental drivers behind the decision to collaborate,” says Kjell Eriksson, director of the Energy Programme in DNV Research and Innovation, “the electrification of both conventional and subsea oil and gas installations, and the growth in offshore wind energy. Both drivers will require new solutions in relation to offshore power transmission.”

STRI is a power system consultant with an accredited high voltage laboratory in Ludvika, Sweden, capable of performing tests on products with system voltages up to 1,000 kV.

Facilities include several flexible HV test halls; a large climate hall for testing of pollution, snow, ice, fog and rain; and chambers for multiple stress, salt fog and extreme temperatures.

Last September, DNV acquired US-based consultant BEW Engineering, a specialist in electrical power transmission and distribution.

Dan Wikstrøm, president of STRI, said: “Providing megawatts of power to subsea installations, as well as building future offshore DC-grids, will require new ways of combining electrical engineering with offshore engineering and risk management. With this in mind, the joint service offering from STRI and DNV gives us the opportunity to offer integrated solutions to our customers and meet the growing demand in the market place.”

05/23/2011

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