Equinor installing private LTE for improved communications at offshore wind farms

Yesterday, Nokia announced it has collaborated with systems integrator, NetNordic, to enter into a frame agreement with Equinor, one of the world’s leading producers of oil, gas and wind power, to deliver a private 4G and 5G-ready solution for Equinor’s international operations.

The eight-year frame agreement includes hardware, software, design, radio planning, implementation and support. Under the agreement, the private LTE network will be installed this summer at the 402-MW Dudgeon offshore wind farm and the 316-MW Sheringham Shoal offshore wind farm, located in the UK and both operated by Equinor.

According to Equinor, its Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm currently is the wind farm furthest away from the UK shoreline and operating it has required the company to employ innovative technologies and devise new working methodology.

Jarl Øverby, NetNordic Group CEO: “Working with Nokia we are able to deliver the secure, smart, offshore wireless digital fabric that Equinor can use to support its communication and maintenance activities and safety objectives. This includes the flexibility to employ a wide range of integrated applications, including Nokia DAC teams comms and Nokia Drone Networks, and the capability to deploy them to the edge. This is a secure and resilient solution that will easily scale and evolve to 5G to meet their future needs.”

Nokia’s DAC solution comprises the Nokia 4.9G LTE and 5G Radio Access Network technology and devices as well as a large range of access points both for indoor and outdoor coverage, and an edge solution with complete packet core and application framework for edge computing.

Nokia says it has deployed mission-critical networks to over 1,550 customers in the energy, transportation, large enterprise, manufacturing, webscale, and public sector segments around the globe.

Source: Renewable Energy