UK setting up center to help decarbonize offshore oil & gas industry

The UK is set to establish a technology center aimed to develop solutions aimed at decarbonizing its offshore oil and gas industry.

An offshore platform – Hannes Grobe / Illustration -Shared under CC BY 3.0 license

The new center, backed by oil companies and oilfield services providers, and being launched Oil & Gas Technology Centre, will be named Net Zero Solutions Centre.

OGTC said the aim of the new center is to accelerate the development and deployment of technologies to decarbonize offshore operations and develop the UKCS “as the first net-zero oil and gas basin globally, supporting the industry’s Roadmap 2035.”

According to OGTC, Net Zero Solutions Centre is supported by BP, Chrysaor, Shell, Wood, Aker Solutions, Ineos, CNOOC, Total, Siemens, and Equinor.

The Net Zero Solution Centre will work with government and industry to address the UK offshore oil and gas industry’s emission footprint, while also developing technologies that will contribute to the growing demand for hydrogen production and carbon sequestration, OGTC said.

“This evolution of the industry, repurposing of facilities and partnering with companion industries such as renewables, will create a new future for the UKCS, while also supporting the creation of net-zero carbon economy,” OGTC sad.

OGTC has said that center would “champion the creation of an integrated offshore energy system, partnering with companies to accelerate the development of carbon capture, utilization and storage, hydrogen capability and other net-zero technologies.”

Colette Cohen, CEO of the Oil & Gas Technology Centre said: “The UK offshore oil and gas industry is a dynamic system of infrastructure, supply chains, expert workforce, research activity, and technology development and deployment. This diverse industrial ecosystem must play a fundamental role in the creation of a net-zero carbon economy.

“With the backing of industry and government and strong track of delivery, the OGTC is committed to moving the dial on carbon reduction and enabling the UK Continental Shelf to become the first net-zero hydrocarbon basin in the world.

“Our focus will be on developing technologies to reduce operational carbon emissions, working with other parts of the energy sector to create integrated solutions and repurposing infrastructure to accelerate carbon capture usage and storage, hydrogen production and gas-to-wire capacity.

“We’re delighted to be working with a strong group of companies and look forward to adding new strategic partners to the Net Zero Solution Centre over the coming months.”

 OGUK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie said: “This is a clear statement of intent from an industry rooted in finding solutions to some really complex problems, and we look forward to setting out our plans in more detail when we publish Roadmap 2035 later this week. The Net Zero Solutions Centre will help to identify some of the practical steps we can take as we look to net zero, and further establish the UK oil and gas industry as a center of excellence at a time when the UK is looking for answers.”

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