DNV GL teams with operators to cut emissions

Offshore staff

HØVIK, NorwayDNV GL is leading a common industry project on behalf of the Norwegian Oil and Gas Association that aims to further enhance energy management, energy efficiency, and the exchange of experience and expertise between companies.

Increasingly, the oil and gas industry is searching for cost-effective solutions that also cut emissions. Fourteen operators on the Norwegian continental shelf are actively participating in this project through seminars and work meetings where they learn about each other’s challenges, opportunities, and solutions.

The project has also revealed that the industry has made important steps forward. The goal is to further develop and share best practices so that the industry can become even better in the future.

 “CO2 emissions per produced unit in Norway are among the lowest in the world and about half the level compared to the global average. This is, of course, also helped by the reservoir qualities; nevertheless, this project has revealed substantial benefits that can be gained from collaboration and knowledge sharing,” says Liv Hovem, director of Division Europe and Africa, DNV GL Oil & Gas.

Many of the measures identified in the project use a systematic approach to run the facilities optimally without additional investment.

 “The experience gained from the project indicates that there is still a great need for innovation. By challenging the way in which facilities are operated through a risk-based assessment, we can safely challenge current practices,” says Hovem.

There are still many ways to reduce climate gas emissions in the petroleum industry without incurring major investment costs. Examples include:

  • Compare fields with similar characteristics to identify efficiency opportunities. This can also be done across industries.
  • Smart data solutions that extract operational data, analyze operational patterns and identify the reasons for optimal energy operations.
  • Operational assessments in a strengthened energy culture where established practice and comfort zones are evaluated to achieve better solutions. The goal is continuous improvement over time so that the facilities are constantly better run. This includes topics such as the better utilization of pressures and temperatures in the process, energy wastage, condition-based maintenance and monitoring the loads on rotating equipment.


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