Industrial giants Equinor and Hitachi Energy have inked a far-ranging collaboration deal covering “electrification, renewable power generation and low-carbon initiatives worldwide”.

The tie-up, which the companies said built on a “long and successful collaboration over many decades” on power grid technologies for projects including the 3.6GW Dogger Bank wind power project off the UK, will focus first on developing standarised designs for connectors to link high voltage transmission systems on offshore wind farms to mainland grids.

“This strategic collaboration agreement is a signal of joint ambitions to increase our competitiveness in the ongoing energy transition. Standardisation of technical solutions will be a key to succeed,” said Geir Tungesvik, executive vice president for projects, drilling and procurement at Equinor.

Niklas Persson, managing director of Hitachi Energy’s grid integration division, added: “Together we make a strong team that will support the society to reach the goal of the Paris Agreement and create a sustainable energy future for all.”

The scope of the agreement covers the complete spectrum of Hitachi Energy’s portfolio of power grid technologies and solutions, including IdentiQ – digital twin software for HVDC and power quality solutions, Grid-eXpand – modular prefabricated offshore and onshore grid connections, and OceaniQ-brand transformers and high-voltage products.