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29 bids submitted for UKCS offshore electrification competition

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The UK Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) has said a total of 29 bids have been submitted for the £1 million competition for ideas that could advance the electrification of platforms on the UKCS. Winners to be awarded a share of the fund will be announced in early December, with work to be completed by 31 March 2021 and project reports to be published in 2Q22.

High-quality studies touching on technical, engineering and/or commercial ideas have come in from operators, supply chain and academia and they will now be assessed.

Power generation accounts for around two thirds of oil and gas production emissions. It is anticipated that powering installations using electricity either from a cable to the shore or from a nearby windfarm, could lead to 2 - 3 million tpy CO2 emissions reductions.

In addition, the resulting power demand from offshore oil and gas electrification could potentially support up to 4 gigawatts of new offshore wind power capacity.

Platform electrification is a key component of the OGA’s vision for an integrated energy basin. The OGA’s Energy Integration Report found that the UK Continental Shelf could (through a mix of platform electrification, carbon capture and storage, offshore wind and hydrogen) absorb up to 60% of the UK’s entire CO2 abatement needed to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.

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