DNV GL-led has revealed that the cost-effective wind-powered water injection (WIN WIN) method with floating turbines is technically feasible and capable of meeting performance targets for oilfields.
The company took part in a joint-industry project (JIP) with partners from renewable, oil, and gas industries including Nexen Petroleum UK, Statoil, ENI Norge, VNG Norge, ExxonMobil, PG Flow Solutions, and ORE Catapult to test the method.
Statoil Renewable's technology development head Hanne Wigum said: "Supplying clean power to oil and gas installations was part of the original idea behind Statoil's Hywind concept."
DNV GL's group president and CEO Remi Eriksen said: "For the first time, we can now see renewable energy as a large-scale source of power to offshore oil and gas operations.
"By utilising recent developments of floating wind turbines, this concept can offer a clean, reliable, and cost-effective alternative for powering water-injection in offshore locations.
"The WIN WIN project showcases that the industry can become a creative force in solving the world's energy trilemma by driving development of reliable, clean, and affordable technologies. This is a win for both the oil and gas and wind power industries.
"It represents an alternative source of electricity and has the potential to open up new opportunities for field development."
Compared to conventional technologies, the project involves higher operational expenditures (OPEX) but lower capital expenditure (CAPEX), proving beneficial in cases with either limited host-platform capacity or when injection wells are located far away.
Image: WIN WIN Joint Industry Project. Photo: courtesy of DNV GL.