I was energised and enthused by being made aware of the recent advances in technology in the Offshore Energy Industry at the recent EEEGR Offshore Wind Week at Orbis Energy in Lowestoft. It’s not just about technology advances, but overall collaboration.
The two technical advances are related to energy sharing between the gas field companies, and the wind energy suppliers. The first one is what they call “Gas to Wire”. This is where the gas provision companies, are not just sending gas onshore, but they are using gas fired generators on the platforms to produce electricity, thus taking advantage of the electrical network provided by the offshore wind turbines, and push power onshore. A similar improvement is happening in reverse. The wind generated power is now being used to power the gas compressors on the gas platforms. This may sound obvious, but it takes application, commitment and engineering. A great example of how industries which have competed traditionally can work in a symbiotic way. The collaboration goes even further. The different industries, have now worked with the field supply and logistics companies to develop a system where they can book and share supply ships, who are serving both turbines and platforms, ensuring non fully loaded trips are minimised.
All the above will improve supply efficiency, and reduce the overall carbon footprint for the UK.