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Research projects investigate ways to reduce offshore emissions

• Projects to study carbon capture, energy efficiencies, transportation, renewable energy
• Proponents include small technology and engineering companies, universities, operators
• Projects consist of technology development/adaptation; demonstration; proof of concept, field trials and feasibility studies

St. John’s, NL – Sixteen research, development and demonstration (RD&D) projects are receiving a total of $24.4 million to investigate how to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from Newfoundland and Labrador’s offshore oil and gas operations.

The projects cover the operational areas of offshore drilling, production and transportation and will examine the use of technology and other methods to optimize energy efficiencies in power generation, flaring, piping integrity; the feasibility of using renewable energy sources to support offshore operations; carbon capture and storage; and emissions monitoring.

Natural Resources Canada is funding the projects through the offshore RD&D component of its Emissions Reduction Fund. The fund is being managed by Petroleum Research Newfoundland and Labrador (PRNL), the leading facilitator of research, technology development and innovation for Canada’s offshore.

“The oil and gas industry plays an integral role in Newfoundland and Labrador’s economy and society, and we believe we can safely and sustainably develop our resources. As our industry continues to make strides to reduce emissions from operations, these projects will provide additional knowledge about how to reduce GHGs offshore while still developing these resources for the benefit of our province,” said Petroleum Research Newfoundland and Labrador’s Chief Executive Officer Dave Finn.

Half of the projects involve developing new technology or determining how to adapt existing equipment or technology to reduce emissions from offshore facilities. Other projects will develop feasibility assessments, proofs of concept, and studies to fill knowledge gaps for Newfoundland and Labrador in the area of emissions reduction.
Recipients (in alphabetical order) and their projects include:

• Atlantic Towing Limited – Novel Battery Hybrid Retrofit of a Multi-Purpose Platform Supply Vessel through the Integration of Spinning Reserve and All-Electric Transit Capabilities on a SMART Ship AI Platform
• Cnergreen Corp. – Reducing GHG Emissions Offshore Using Novel Nanoparticle-based Foam Technology
• Design by Analysis Engineering Inc. – LUMENATE Wellbore Operations Monitoring System
• DuXion Motors Inc. – Express Hybrid Electric Retrofit Solution for Offshore Vessels
• ExxonMobil Canada Properties – Flare Reduction Technology Feasibility Study
• Growler Energy – Investigation of Offshore Electrification

• Hibernia Management and Development Company Ltd. – Hibernia Digital Twin -Power Generation System Digital Prototype
• Husky Energy, part of the Cenovus group of companies – Flare Gas Optimization
• Husky Energy, part of the Cenovus group of companies – Main Power Generation Optimization
• Intecsea, a division of Worley – Evaluation of Floating Wind Technology
• M. A. Procense Inc. – Developing Compact Capture Technology for Removal of Carbon Dioxide
• Memorial University of Newfoundland Faculty of Science, Dr. Michael Katz -Separation First Technology – Development and Demonstration of Porous Materials for the Reduction of Carbon Dioxide in Offshore Oil Production
• Planetary Hydrogen – Ocean Climate Restoration Using Offshore Carbon Capture and Storage
• St. Francis Xavier University Fluxlab Research Group, Dr. David Risk – Measuring Methane Emissions from Offshore Oil and Gas Platforms
• Suncor Energy Inc.- Sustainable Emissions Reduction by Digital Integrity Management (SERDIM)
• Waterford Energy Services Inc. – Saitec Partnership – Modification of Mobile Offshore Drilling Units for Shared Renewable Power Supply and Storage

“The extent of collaboration within these projects is promising because it means we will be working on a wide number of fronts to address this very complex issue. We are encouraged by the broad range of ideas put forward and excited to see the results of these research projects,” said PRNL CEO Dave Finn.

Petroleum Research Newfoundland and Labrador (PRNL) advances research, development and demonstration (RD&D) and innovation projects in the offshore oil and gas industry, with a focus on health, safety and the environment. PRNL is a federally incorporated, not-for-profit organization whose members include Chevron Canada Resources, Equinor Canada, ExxonMobil Canada, Husky Energy, part of the Cenovus group of companies, and Suncor Energy.

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Source: Petroleum Research Newfoundland & Labrador| This text was excerpted from the media outlet cited on May 5, 2021 and is provided to Noia members for information purposes only. Any opinion expressed therein is neither attributable to nor endorsed by Noia.