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Total and Floating Power Plant to decarbonize oil and gas production

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DeepWind members Total and Floating Power Plant are working together to decarbonize oil and gas production with floating wind and hydrogen.

Oil and gas production from the underground requires a lot of energy, so the offshore oil and gas industry is now focused on reducing its energy usage and CO2 footprint.

Total is supporting a consortium of research institutions and firms to explore the potential for using renewable energy sources to improve Danish oil and gas production footprint.

The O/G Decarb innovation project will explore the possibility of using a combined wind and wave technology on a floating foundation to store wind and wave energy, which can convert electricity to hydrogen through electrolysis.

“This is an exciting and innovative project, which Total is supporting because it has the potential to solve one of the challenges of electrifying production platforms using offshore wind produced near the platform.

“By examining how wave and wind energy can be converted into hydrogen, the study can help create a reliable green energy supply for platforms that can be used on days without wind.”

Ole Hansen, head of development, business & JV Management at Total E&P Denmark.

As well as ensuring that the production platform has access to a secure source of renewable energy, the project will also explore the possibility of incorporating any surplus hydrogen production into the ashore-sent gas.

“If we can reduce the climate footprint of energy-intensive oil and gas production while integrating a larger proportion of hydrogen into the natural gas produced, we’ll be a step closer to climate-neutral offshore energy production. The new innovation project is therefore relevant for Denmark.”

Glenda Napier, CEO of the Energy Innovation Cluster.

Morten Willaing Jeppesen, DHRTC CEO, sees the project as a great opportunity to explore the potential for substantially reducing offshore oil and gas CO2 emissions.

“The power-to-gas solution is a key component of the future energy system. So, the innovation project is an interesting opportunity to identify the potential of integrating offshore hydrogen production into the existing gas infrastructure.”

Thea Larsen, CEO of the Danish Gas Technology Centre.

Jørn Kristian Lindtvedt, business manager at TechnipFMC, sees renewable energy sources as a ‘key factor’ in future energy systems, in conjunction with green hydrogen production.

Partnering with Total in O/G Decarb are Floating Power Plant, the Danish Hydrocarbon Research and Technology Centre, DTU Wind, Hydrogen Valley, the Danish Gas Technology Centre, and TechnipFMC. The project is being facilitated by the Energy Innovation Cluster and supported by the European regional development fund.

The project will run until the end of 2020.

Nedim Husomanovic

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