Norway’s Statnett has awarded several framework agreements to architecture and engineering consultancy Ramboll, as the country strives to keep pace with growing demand for energy.
The country’s power consumption is expected to increase by more than 50% by 2050, estimates Statnett – the state-owned body responsible for Norway’s electricity grid.
The contract awarded to Ramboll, potentially valued around £121.1m (€138.9m, NOK 1.6bn) over the next eight years, involve the expansion of Norway’s electricity grid, and also support its transition to green energy.
Expanded grid capacity, along with a significant increase in power generation, would help both to establish new and profitable businesses, and support existing business that have ambitious plans for decarbonisation and electrification.
Furthermore, given that 80% of new cars sold in Norway are electric vehicles, the country’s energy system will need to undergo massive changes in the years ahead.
John Ammentorp, responsible for power systems globally in Ramboll, said: “As a partner for sustainable change with a strong focus on decarbonisation, Ramboll is thrilled to support Statnett in strengthening the backbone of the green transition by updating the electrical grid and making it capable of handling the increasing amounts of renewable energy.”
Ole-Petter Thunes, managing director of Ramboll in Norway, added: “We won the framework agreement thanks to our comprehensive experience and competences in power systems, as well as the solutions and price offered. A contract with a potential value of NOK 1.6bn is huge for Ramboll in Norway. We will draw on our capabilities across our global organisation and use this as an opportunity to further build up our energy business in Norway and contribute to a more sustainable energy system.”
The value of the three lots Ramboll has won with Statnett is, on average, nearly NOK 200m per year for the next four years, with an option of four years’ extension. Some 200 people from Ramboll will be working full time on the contract for the first four years.
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