Snøhvit Future contract will generate 200 person-years of employment in the north

The Snøhvit Future project includes onshore compression and electrification of Hammerfest LNG on Melkøya.

Snøhvit Future contract will generate 200 person-years of employment in the north

On behalf of the Snøhvit partners, Equinor has awarded a substantial construction and installation contract worth some NOK 1.5 billion to Leonhard Nilsen & Sønner (LNS). 

LNS is headquartered in Andøy in Nordland county, and the contract will generate spinoffs for Finnmark, Troms and Nordland.

“We are pleased to award this contract to a company in Northern Norway. LNS estimates that around 70 percent of the generated value will end up in Northern Norway, creating about 200 person-years (FTEs) of employment. For Equinor, it has been important that the Snøhvit Future project should create ripple effects throughout the region,” says Trond Bokn, Equinor’s senior vice president for project development.

The Snøhvit Future project will strengthen Norway’s position as a reliable long-term supplier of gas produced with very low greenhouse gas emissions. The project will secure jobs in the north and energy supply to Europe towards 2050.

The project partners are Petoro, TotalEnergies, Neptune Energy and Wintershall Dea.

LNS will build a tunnel and landfall for the power cable that will run from Hyggevatn to Melkøya, in other words, an infrastructure allowing power from Statnett’s transformer substation at Hyggevatn to be transmitted to Hammerfest LNG on Melkøya.

As specialists in tunnelling, LNS has delivered several large-scale projects both in Norway and abroad, and construction work will start once the necessary approvals/permits have been received.