Case Studies & Innovation - SP6

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This subproject performs industry-driven case studies over a one-year period to show emissions reductions from the implementation of technologies on the Norwegian Continental Shelf fields. Studies on the economic aspects of technology development through advanced techno-economic analyses will also be performed.

Main objective

The goal of LowEmission case studies is to develop technology concepts that can lead to a minimum 5% reduction in offshore energy consumption and/or CO2 emissions. The industry-driven case studies will be conducted over a one-year period to show emissions reductions from implementing technologies on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS). Studies will depend on industry partners making available data necessary to evaluate emission, weight and cost reductions.

Results 2020

  • Summary of Consortium Day 2019 highlights and breakout sessions
  • LowEmission autumn technical webinar series
  • 5 case studies investigating the possibility of new technology on emissions reduction

Impact and innovations

Initiated 5 case studies

Heat & power generation

  • Partial decarbonisation of Equinor's Johan Castberg FPSO by ammonia injection in natural gas
  • Advanced material analysis of service-lifetimelimiting defects in a modern HV subsea cable

System integration

  • Integration with wind turbines, batteries, hydrogen energy storage and load control for lower CO2 emissions (Original budget reduced by 50%)

Reduced offshore energy consumption

  • Dynamic reservoir behaviour and production due to periodic energy supply
  • More energy efficient vessels for offshore supply service

Initiated "LowEmission Innovation Challenge" with first industrial challenge from Vår Energi and Equinor to get the industry perspective.

Results 2019

This SP performs industry-driven case studies over 1-2-year periods to show emission reductions from implementing technologies on the Norwegian Continental Shelf fields. Studies depend on industry partners making the necessary data available to evaluate emission, weight and cost reduction. Industry plays a vital role in ensuring implementation through in-kind contributions/expertise. Studies on the economic aspects of technology development through advanced techno-economic analyses will also be performed.

Main objective

The main goal of the LowEmission Case studies is to develop technology concepts that lead to a reduction in offshore energy consumption and/or CO2 emissions based on the overall LowEmission objectives. The industry-driven case studies will be conducted over 1-2 year periods to show emission reduction from implementing technologies on fields on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. Studies will depend on industry partners making available data necessary to evaluate emission, weight- and cost reduction.

Main results

  • A general methodology for the LowEmission case studies was developed
  • Input on ideas and selection of case study topics was collected from industry and research partners
  • A discussion on field-specific case studies was initiated between Repsol and the research partners
  • Several concepts for both generic cases and a field-specific study were developed. Further evaluation of those will continue in 2020 in a close dialogue with LowEmission industry partners

Impact and innovations

  • Development of 2-4 novel concepts for Phase I: Case Potential integrating low emission technologies into existing and greenfield offshore energy systems, whereas 1-2 of these cases will Energy Supply and Demands KPIs CO2 equiv. emissions progress into Phase II of the case studies for detailed performance evaluation.
  • Use of Innovation strategies funding in 2020 is expected to boost activities in LowEmission which have been identified by industry partners to have high impact and short-term implementability potential.
General structure of LowEmission case studies, illustrating the different phases of the studies.