DNV advises Ocyan and LZ Energia on diesel drilling rig hydrogen conversion

Ocyan hired DNV as an impartial third party to assist in the qualification of a system that injects hydrogen as an additive into the internal combustion engines of drilling rigs in order to cut down on fuel use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions during drilling.

Following the guidelines in DNV-RP-A203, which offers the industry a systematic approach to technology qualification and ensures that new technologies function dependably within given limits, DNV’s technology qualification process will make sure the technology reaches the expected degree of maturity.

The three fully integrated fronts of DNV’s comprehensive approach are the technology qualification process (showing the system’s effectiveness and dependability), the assessment of operational risks (with a focus on the safety of the new system and of the drilling rig), and the assessment of Class requirements (looking at the standards set by the Classification Society for the issuance of a “Approval in Principle” for the system).

Ocyan collaborates with LZ Energia, a technology partner that creates technological solutions to lower the air pollution and fuel consumption of its clients’ operations. Through the National Petroleum Agency’s RD&I investment clause, Shell Brasil is supporting the project (ANP).

Fossil fuels currently provide more than 80% of the world’s energy, but by 2050, that percentage will have dropped to around 50%, according to DNV’s Energy Transition Outlook 2022. Decarbonization programs like these must be carefully tested and scaled up in order to support reducing emissions from the oil and gas industry.

More than 120 technologies, from tidal energy systems to downhole safety valves, have been qualified using the DNV Recommended Practice on Technology Qualification (DNV-RP-A203), which has been used globally by oil majors and independents.