News and Events
LowEmission on the Smart Forklart podcast
Acting LowEmission research centre director Stefania Gardarsdottir and NorthWind research centre director John Olav Tande are the guests of this episode of the Smart Forklart podcast. They discuss solutions for reducing greenhouse gas emissions related to oil and gas exploitation on the Norwegian continental shelf. These emissions account for a quarter of all Norwegian emissions.
Solutions being worked on within the LowEmission research centre range from improving energy efficiency to using a hydrogen/ammonia blend in the platforms gas turbines (instead of natural gas). Fuel cells are also being looked at, as well as methods to extract even more energy from the turbines (through a technique called “bottoming cycle”). Providing electricity from the mainland is another solution – which is already in place for a few platforms.
In the podcast, John Olav and Stefania discuss the immense potential of offshore wind to provide the required renewable energy to oil and gas installations.
You can listen to the episode right here (NB: the episode is in Norwegian).
Turning the corner: Emission cuts as a precondition to oil and gas activity
OG21 presented its new strategy titled "A New Chapter" at the LowEmission Consortium Days in November. As the title makes clear, the strategy constitutes a change of discourse for the Norwegian oil and gas industry, where decarbonisation takes the centre stage. We had a chat with OG21's Managing Director, Gunnar Lille.
The North Sea as a platform for the green transition
The North Sea should play a central role in the green transition, according to a new report to which LowEmission contributed. The document will be presented today at Arendalsuka, an important stage for societal debate in Norway.
The LowEmission Centre will present a series of technical webinars. The webinars will showcase some of the work done in the Centre this year, and will also open the floor for technical discussions between the researchers and industry partners.
The format of the webinar is generally as follows:
Duration: maximum 1 hour - 30-40 min technical presentation - 20-30 min Q&A
The coming PhD series of webinars is open to all.
Direct Numerical Simulation (DNS) of non-reacting flows in a Flamesheet-like geometrical configuration
Firing of gas turbines (GTs) using hydrogen-enriched fuel mixtures and, in perspective, unblended hydrogen constitutes a low-carbon solution for power generation and enables the reduction of emissions from the Norwegian Continental Shelf.
Feasibility and environmental analysis for a 100 km tie-back solution with cold-flow
In Norway, most of the future offshore oil and gas field developments are expected to be developed through tie-back solutions. Here, the produced reservoir streams are transported over very long distances on irregular terrain and cold ambient temperatures to processing facilities offshore or onshore.
Electrical Power Components; Challenges due to load variations, power electronics and new materials
The webinar will give a general overview of how the electrical power components in the grid may be influenced by increased load variations (e.g. due to introduction of renewable energy sources), new technology (e.g. power electronics), and the introduction of new materials (e.g. environmentally friendly alternatives); and key R&D challenges associated with this. An example from the research in LowEmission - SP3 on the effect of load variations on wet design subsea cables will be presented.
LowEmission Webinar - Case study Partial Decarbonization of Johan Castberg by Ammonia Addition in Fuel
While full decarbonization of power production by Carbon free fuels is awaiting development, industrial validation, and adapted infrastructure of future technologies, an opportune head start could be to directly add ammonia, a widely transported product, into the natural gas.
LowEmission webinar - Wet Design Cables
The cleanliness of extruded cross-linked polyethylene cables has been steadily improved from the introduction of such cables in the late 60ties until today. This webinar will provide an overview of subsea cables with especial emphasis of design measures to mitigate ageing due to water molecule migration into the electrical insulation system.
LowEmission Webinar - Development of low-emission subsurface drainage strategies
Water-flooding is a widely used technique for pressure maintenance or improving sweep efficiency. Incremental recovery of water-flooding ranges from 15 to 25%. Nonetheless, water-flooding is an energy-intensive activity. Water injection systems typically consume 30 to 50% of field total power consumption. For many oilfields on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS), the percentage is much higher, where more than half of energy on a platform goes to water injection pumps. Thus, water-flooding significantly contributes to the amount of GHG emission.
LowEmission Webinar - Decision support for offshore supply planning
About 1 mill tonnes of CO2 emission on the NCS is attributed to offshore supply ships. Better planning and operation of the supply fleet can bring considerable emission reductions, ca 9000t per yer per ship with an active fleet of around 400 vessels. Offshore upstream supply planning is a complex task with many conditions that need to be considered. Meanwhile it is performed by planners with no advanced decision support tools.