BC battery maker Corvus to power Statoil supply vessels, trim emissions

Havila Charisma offshore supply vessel. Image: Corvus Energy

Richmond, B.C.-based Corvus Energy has won a contract to outfit two Statoil platform supply vessels being retrofitted with hybrid power systems with its lithium ion based energy storage systems (ESS).

The Orca Energy ESS from Corvus will supply electrical power to each vessel’s propulsion system electrical network to enable environmentally-friendly and lower cost operations, the company said in a release.

The rapidly growing marine battery supply leader, which topped Business in Vancouver’s list of fastest-growing companies last year with revenues doubling to almost $12 million, has installed more than 90 systems totalling over 50 MWh and 1.5 million operating hours. Among its shareholders is the venture arm of Statoil.

The company developed purpose-built battery systems that provide sustained power to hybrid and fully electric heavy industrial equipment, including large marine propulsion drives.

The two Havila-owned vessels are part of a larger group of supply vessels that were awarded long-term charter contracts by Statoil, under the condition that they convert to hybrid power operations using batteries.

The 94 metre Havila Foresight and the 93 metre Havila Charisma will each be fitted with a 1,000 kWh Orca Energy ESS, supported in part by the NOx fund, adding to the four vessels already awarded to Corvus under charter by Statoil.

The hybridization of the vessels is part of Statoil’s ambition of being a leading company in carbon-efficient oil and gas production, the company said. Statoil is focusing on reducing emissions from its logistics activities and has mandated that all new charters utilize energy storage systems during all aspects of their operation, particularly during dynamic positioning and harbour operations where fuel consumption and emissions will be significantly reduced.

The ESS will also increase safety through provision of spinning reserve for improved response time as well as increased redundancy.

“In collaboration with Havila, our teams have developed the optimal solution to meet the aggressive environmental, safety, performance and cost objectives,” Roger Rosvold, sales manager of Corvus Energy, said in a statement.

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