Collaborative Push For North Sea Oil Platform Electrification To Cut Emissions

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  • The North Sea Transition Authority (NSTA) has spearheaded a collaborative workshop, bringing together major operators and technology suppliers to explore the potential of platform electrification as a means to drastically reduce emissions from oil and gas production.
  • With power generation accounting for 79% of UK offshore production emissions in 2022, the workshop focused on identifying technological solutions to convert existing platforms to run on clean electricity.
  • Operators, including bp, Shell, and TotalEnergies, highlighted engineering challenges, emphasizing the need for collaboration to unlock brownfield projects and achieve emission reduction targets outlined in the North Sea Transition Deal.

The Push for Platform Electrification in the North Sea

The North Sea Transition Authority (NSTA) has taken a significant step in addressing emissions from oil and gas production by hosting a collaborative workshop in Aberdeen. Operators and technology companies gathered to explore the potential of platform electrification, a key strategy to achieve substantial cuts in the sector’s carbon footprint. With power generation constituting 79% of UK offshore production emissions in 2022, electrifying both new and existing platforms could result in carbon savings of up to 22 million tonnes by 2050, nearly half of Scotland’s annual emissions.

Collaboration for Change

Eleven major operators, including bp, Shell, and TotalEnergies, presented significant engineering challenges they face in converting power systems on existing platforms to run on clean electricity. The workshop facilitated in-depth discussions and breakout sessions between operators and technology suppliers to identify viable technological solutions. The NSTA stressed the importance of collaboration between industry stakeholders to unlock brownfield projects, accelerate the electrification of platforms, and achieve the emission reduction targets outlined in the North Sea Transition Deal. The sector’s commitment to investing in electrification and its goal to halve production emissions by 2030 highlight the urgency for collaborative efforts and innovative solutions to drive the transition towards a more sustainable future.

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Source: NSTA