JIP assesses wind-driven water injection

Offshore staff

HØVIK, NorwayDNV GL is investigating the potential for a standalone wind-powered water injection system for the offshore oil and gas industry.

The consultancy is running a joint industry project, WIN WIN, with support from ExxonMobil, ENI Norge, Nexen Petroleum UK, Statoil, VNG, PG Flow Solutions, and ORE Catapult.

Initial work suggests the concept could be cost competitive, in particular for water injection far away from the production platform and in cases where a costly retrofit is not an option.

“The overall concept needs maturing up to a point where it can be considered a viable option in field development studies,” said Hanne Wigum, manager for Statoil’s renewables research group.

Currently the technical concept is being developed and the feasibility is under assessment. Two issues that need to be addressed are the off-grid operation of the system and the reservoir’s response to variable injection rates.

“Once the technical hurdles are cleared, the concept’s economic viability will be analyzed using relevant and realistic cases provided by the JIP partners. Initial results are promising, and with the operators on board we are able to test the concept on real cases,” Sandberg said.

“We are now thinking about the next steps, both looking for other relevant applications of the system and making sure the WIN WIN concept moves from the drawing board to a prototype and actual realization in a project.”



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