Privately-owned producer Neptune Energy, Danish wind farm operator Ørsted and Goa7 have jointly won a slice of the Oil & Gas Authority’s £1mn decarbonisation prize, they said 6 December.
The landmark North Sea Transition Deal agreed earlier this year imposes obligations on the oil and gas industry to decarbonise.
The trio won £239,360 for their study: Addressing technical and commercial requirements of windfarm connections with offshore installations. No installation was named but Neptune operates the Cygnus platform in the Southern North Sea, for example.
The four-month feasibility study will investigate commercial ways to establish an electrical connection between an offshore wind farm and other installations. The goal is an approach that could be applied to any wind farm and platform close to one another.
OGA CEO Andy Samuel said: “Rapid progress on platform electrification is vital to ensure that production emissions are halved by 2030, in line with agreed targets. This competition has sparked significant interest from a broad cross section of industry with an impressive range of innovative proposals. The investment and infrastructure to move projects forward now will be beneficial long into the future, enabling network grid and offshore wind expansion.”
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