OGUK Pathway to a Net-Zero Basin: Production Emissions Targets Report 2020

UK UPSTREAM OIL AND GAS SECTOR | Pathway to a Net-Zero Basin: Production Emissions Targets

Widespread offshore electrification requires: • The development of an offshore electrical distribution network, installation of cabling and resolution of cable ownership and investment returns • Further technology development and maturity to realise deployment of deep-water renewables such as floating wind and resolution of funding approaches to resource this • Streamlining of the consent and licensing timeframes (currently ~10 years) for offshore renewables • Resolution of challenges such as additional back-up power supply and variation in power demand over the lifetime of an asset

The electrification of a small number of newly designed platforms near to shore has already been achieved in the Norwegian sector. The conversion of existing assets (brownfield) to electrical power poses additional challenges around the upgrade and replacement of connectedequipment toallowfor conversion toelectrical drive and AC/DC switching, space and weight limitations and structural challenges as many older platforms were designed and built around their turbines. Operators are working with OGTC, OGUK and the OGA and those in academic, renewable and power sectors to address the technical challenges to increased offshore electrification.

Challenges of Emissions Intensity and Maturity Offshore

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