We will be on track to being a net-zero oil and gas basin by 2050
We will support development of Carbon Capture Usage and Storage and other low-carbon technologies, at scale
Our industry will underpin an increasingly diversified energy system
In 2019, Drax Group, Equinor and National Grid Ventures signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) committing to work together to explore how a large-scale CCUS network and a hydrogen production facility could be constructed in the Humber by the mid-2020s.
The three companies will work together to:
A project to connect BP’s ETAP produced water reinjection system and bypass the asset’s seawater injection pumps has reduced CO2 emissions by 11,000 tonnes per year.
When oil and gas is produced, water found in the reservoir is also brought to surface. This produced water can often be treated before being released back into the sea and is also often pumped into a reservoir to increase the pressure as a method of enhanced recovery, as it results in increased flows of hydrocarbons towards producing wells.
The ETAP production facility originally provided seawater injection to two of its fields, Mungo and Machar. When water injection to Machar stopped in February 2018, only Mungo was injecting seawater, leading to issues operating the large, fixed-speed water injection pumps and resulting in the dumping of treated water into the sea.
“No longer using the seawater injection pumps reduced the electrical load on ETAP by around 5 megawatt”
Re-routing ETAP’s produced water to be injected into the Mungo field has helped remove a bottleneck in ETAP’s produced water system. By connecting the produced water reinjection system to the injection wells, the seawater injection pumps could be bypassed. No longer using the seawater injection pumps reduced the electrical load on ETAP by around 5 megawatts, reducing CO2 emissions by 11,000 tonnes per year.
This is equivalent to 25 per cent of the BP North Sea Sustainable Emissions Reduction target for 2019.
Neptune Energy today announced it has been formally selected to participate in a pioneering pilot project to create the first offshore hydrogen plant in the Dutch sector of the North Sea. The pilot was commissioned by NexStep, the Dutch Association for Decommissioning and Re-Use, and TNO, the Netherlands Organisation for applied scientific research in close collaboration with the industry.
A megawatt electrolyser will be placed within a sea container and installed on Neptune’s Q13a platform, located near the Dutch coast, 13 kilometres from Scheveningen. The platform is well-suited for the ground-breaking project; as the first fully electrified offshore oil platform in the Dutch North Sea, it saves approximately 16.5 kilotonnes of CO2 per year.
The hydrogen produced by the electrolyser on the Q13a platform will be transported via an existing pipeline to an offshore structure where it will be used to generate electricity.
“This pilot demonstrates the valuable role gas has to play in the integration of various energy systems, and underlines our commitment to adopting innovative technologies and supporting a sustainable future for our business. The North Sea, where both wind and natural gas are abundantly available, is the perfect testing ground and we are proud that our Q13a platform has been selected. The platform was the first in the Netherlands to be fully electrified, making it an excellent fit for this important pilot.” said, Neptune Energy’s managing director for the Netherlands, Lex de Groot
The pilot – due to begin production later in 2020 – will provide the participants with the opportunity to develop their experience of producing hydrogen in an offshore environment, and will create a testing ground for innovative technologies and integrated systems.