Equinor enters into time charter contracts for two newbuilt shuttle tanker with the shipowner Knutsen NYK Offshore Tankers
The crude oil production from the newly acquired 25 % interest in the Roncador oil field in Brazil will be lifted and transported by shuttle tankers. Equinor has now entered into time charter contracts for two newbuilt shuttle tanker with the shipowner Knutsen NYK Offshore Tankers AS (Knutsen). The tankers will be built at Hyundai Heavy Industries in South Korea, the company said in its press release.
With the acquisition of the interest in the Roncador field, the third largest producing field in Brazil, the Equinor’s equity production in Brazil is increasing to around 100.000 boe per day, an increase of around 60.000 boe per day. With the newbuilt shuttle tankers, a reliable and robust solution for the evacuation of the equity oil production from the field has been obtained. The crude will be transferred to conventional tankers and marketed to customer around the world.
The vessels are designed for operations in Brazilian waters and are optimized for intended trading pattern. The vessels will come in operation in 2020 and meets all requirements for offshore loading in Brazil. In addition to the new shipping capacity for the Roncador production, Equinor has seven conventional tankers on long term contracts in operation for the Peregrino field.