Statoil is looking for solutions, methods and/or technologies which can enable offshore power and heat generation with minimal or zero CO2 release. Proposals should address one or both of the following themes:
Statoil and the Norwegian Oil and Gas sector seek to reduce CO2 emission from future oil and gas developments, both in Norway and internationally. Power and heat for offshore oil and gas production facilities is today typically provided by compact and lightweight gas turbines with onsite natural gas as a fuel and heat recovery from exhaust. An average turbine continuously produces 20 MW of power and emits around 100 000 tons of CO2 per year. A typical facility may include 2-4 turbines, each with an installed weight of 200 metric tonnes. Innovative ideas and solutions are needed to achieve major CO2 reductions in future oil and gas projects in an economical acceptable way.
Energy saving measures, alternative energy sources and full or partial electrification of the facilities are part of the overall approach to reach the emission goals. But Statoil also wants to explore technologies that can remove CO2 from flue gases. To be successful for use on an offshore facility a compact low weight solution is needed. Since conventional CO2 capture and storage (CCS) approaches are in general far too large and heavy for offshore use, a successful proposal does not need to capture 100% of the CO2. A compact solution that can remove 40% would already be a significant step forward.
Possible approaches might include, but are not limited to: