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We’re the Norwegian energy behind British life

Much of modern British life is made possible by Norwegian energy from Equinor. One of the biggest suppliers of imported gas and oil to the UK, Equinor is at work whenever a cup of tea is brewed or a Sunday roast is cooked.

 

And when it comes to tackling the big energy questions of the future – like how to make the most of the UK’s huge potential for renewables – Equinor is playing just as central a role.

What’s the right energy mix for the UK’s future?

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Few experts predict a world without fossil fuels any time soon. That’s why at Equinor, we take a twofold approach to sustainability. Firstly, developing the windfarms that will make renewables a far bigger part of the UK’s energy mix tomorrow. And secondly, finding new ways to improve the carbon-efficiency of the oil and gas we still need today.

Who we are

For over 30 years we've been in the UK, quietly working away to secure a long-term energy supply for the UK. The last three decades have seen us growing our business from trading gas, to supplying more than 25% of the UK's gas demand, developing pioneering floating offshore wind technology, and securing thousands of jobs.

 

Equinor is investing in a secure and sustainable energy future for the UK. We have a broad range of activities in the UK, including innovative offshore wind projects, oil and gas developments in the North Sea and delivering reliable piped natural gas.

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In the Mariner field, we are testing new ground through our offshore digital workers and the use of digital solutions to deliver safe and efficient operations. One of the largest industrial projects in the UK in recent years—a gross investment of more than USD 7.7 billion – Mariner will support over 700 long term jobs and generate significant revenue in the supply chain for decades to come. Contracts worth more than USD 1.3 billion have already been awarded to UK suppliers.

And we're not stopping there. Equinor is growing its UK offshore portfolio with new developments like Utgard and Barnacle, which straddle the UK-Norway median line. 

And we recently acquired a 40% operated interest in the Rosebank project, located west of Shetland, in one of the least developed areas of the UKCS.  With Rosebank, we will leverage our experience from our next generation portfolio to create further value.

We are one of the most active explorers in the UK.  Our 2019 campaign comprises five wells, a record number for the company.

We operate three wind farms off the coast of the UK providing energy for up to 670,000 homes, and we are engaged in further large-scale wind projects offshore the UK, Germany, and the US. We’re also pioneering innovation in offshore wind solutions for deeper waters - Hywind is at the forefront of this exciting new market

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As the UK moves away from coal to a cleaner future, gas is playing an important role in helping reduce emissions and keeping the lights on. Natural gas is a key part of Equinor’s energy partnership with the UK. For decades, the UK has secured the majority of its imported gas from Norway, through pipeline gas. In fact, this year imports from Norway covers around 50% of UK domestic gas consumption. This is enough to heat or power 8 million British homes.

In May 2018 we changed our name from Statoil to Equinor. The biggest transition our modern-day energy systems have ever seen is underway, and we aim to be at the forefront of this development. Our name change supports our strategy as a broad energy company

Where will you find Norway’s biggest windfarm?

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More than 400,000 homes get their electricity from the Dudgeon windfarm off the coast of Norfolk. It’s one of the major contributions to British wind power made by Equinor. We’ve also recently launched Hywind Scotland, the world’s first floating windfarm – and we’re a partner in Dogger Bank, the huge North Sea windfarm that could one day generate 10% of the UK’s electricity.

Where we are

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How has the UK managed to cut its CO2 emissions?

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It’s certainly counterintuitive, but true nonetheless. The UK has significantly reduced its CO2 emissions by using more gas. Why? Because gas is much cleaner than coal – and making the switch from coal to gas cuts CO2 emissions by 50% when generating electricity. At Equinor, we’re proud to offer the reliable supply of gas that’s helped Britain make a clean break with coal.

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