OGA launched electrification projects in UKCS energy integration report
Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) has announced major electrification projects
in its final energy integration report, launched in August 2020. Electrification
has been pronounced essential to achieve zero emissions target.
It has been calculated that electrification could reduce UKCS oil and gas
operational emissions by 2-3MtCO2 p.a. by 2030, equals to reducing 20%
of today’s production emissions, rising to 40% by 2030.
The notional Energy Integration Projects (EIP) include:
Four newbuild platforms will source power from either wind farm or transmission
link with the mainland and reduce 0.7MtCO2 e emissions.
Seven already existing platforms with longer life span left will be converted
to external power supply, and get electricity either from UK shore, cross-border
from Norway, or directly from an offshore windfarm. It will abate abatement
1.7MtCO2 pa of emissions.
Other opportunity examples include: Central North Sea platforms, which
are located at a greater distance from the UK shore, could be electrified
from cross-border power supply and floating wind. Furthermore, there are
several cross-border opportunities in the Southern North Sea due to closer
proximity from windfarms and future expansions.
Round 4 offshore wind projects in Southern North Sea and Irish Sea, and
ScotWind Leasing round targets areas are closer to O&G platforms. However,
more transmission infrastructure may be required in the future.
The regulatory framework for electrification of platforms would be same
as UKCS O&G field development. The OGA will review and give consent
to the proposed Field Development Plan (FDP), including the platform power
supply option selected; whereas, an existing platform would require the
submission of an FDP Addendum (FDPA).