The Anonymous Widower

Maximising Space In North Sea Essential To Tackling Energy Security And Net Zero Targets

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on the Eastern Daily Press.

These two paragraphs introduce the article.

Reviving wells in the Southern North Sea, powering oil and gas platforms with wind turbines, capturing and storing CO2 and hydrogen systems, starting work on world-class offshore wind farms off the coast and consent for Sizewell C nuclear power station – the East of England is ripe with opportunity for companies ready for the challenge.

The industrialised North Sea is becoming supercharged in the name of UK energy security – so much so that a spatial planning exercise is under way to optimise the seabed for energy security and make everything fit for maximum efficiency.

This is an article, that must be read fully.

These are some topics that are discussed.

  • Looking at old wells to see if more oil and gas can be extracted.
  • Electrification of oil and gas facilities, where economic and possible.
  • Powering oil and gas facilities with offshore wind.

This is also said about the Innovation and Targeted Oil and Gas (INTOG) leasing round.

The Innovation and Targeted Oil and Gas (INTOG) leasing round is open for developers to apply for the rights to build offshore wind farms specifically to provide low-carbon electricity to power oil and gas installations in Scotland. It offers the opportunity to enable small scale (less than 100MW) innovation projects, including alternative outputs such as hydrogen.

It looks like mopping up the oil and gas in the North Sea could be promoted as a possible alternative to fracking.

I shall be interested to see how INTOG progresses.

At worst, it will mean that oil and gas installations will be powered by zero-carbon electricity, but in addition it could recover worthwhile amounts of oil and gas.

September 23, 2022 - Posted by | Energy | , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Interesting. However, if the North Sea is to provide our energy security then we also need much improved maritime security. The more infrastructure there is, the more we will come to depend on it and the more attractive a target it will be to rogue states like Russia, terrorist groups and environmental activists. Few people realise how vulnerable we have become to an attack from or in the sea as a result of decades of under-investment in domestic maritime security. The inability to prevent large-scale importation by sea of illegal drugs, weapons and, of course, people should be warning enough. However, in that lamentable ‘Special Fiscal Operation’ today, I heard nothing to give us confidence that maritime, or any other, security is a priority of this government. It requires investment, but that’s incompatible with an ideological aversion to taxation.

    Comment by Stephen Spark | September 23, 2022 | Reply


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