Equinor is moving fast on its big Bay du Nord oilfield development offshore eastern Canada, selecting two companies to take part in a topsides engineering contest for a beefed-up, 200,000-barrel-per-day floating production, storage and offloading vessel.

Sources familiar with the project told Upstream that the Norwegian major is looking to accelerate the schedule for this challenging and remote deep-water project, 500 kilometres offshore in the exciting Flemish Pass basin off Newfoundland & Labrador.