The Net Zero Technology Centre (NZTC) and the North Sea Transition Authority (NSTA) are collaborating to improve asset operators’ emission measurement and monitoring.
The NZTC, part of the Aberdeen City Region Deal, has co-invested approximately £253 million in greenhouse gas reduction technologies to advance an affordable net zero energy economy.
The NSTA controls North Sea oil, gas, and carbon storage companies and holds them accountable for halving upstream emissions by 2030.
The project will create a roadmap of existing and future technologies to help asset operators create accurate emission baselines and implement emissions reduction plans.
It will also help North Sea licensees create Emissions Reduction Action Plans (ERAPs).
The March 2021 NSTA Net Zero Stewardship Expectation relies on ERAPs.
In the paper, the Oil and Gas Authority expects the Upstream Oil and Gas Industry to cut emissions from all activities by developing hydrocarbon projects, abandoning and decommissioning oil fields, and incorporating net zero solutions.
The “supplier agonistic” technology roadmap will include technological readiness, modification requirements, and indicated implementation costs to enable operators reach net zero.
Predictive modeling, projections, and computations may not offer correct emissions data.
“We are excited to work with the North Sea Transition Authority to develop this transformative technology roadmap.” NZTC COO Rebecca Allison.
Fixed, floating, and onshore terminal operators will benefit from the roadmap. They may assess technology readiness and understand their operations’ measuring and monitoring needs.”
“We believe that collaboration and knowledge-sharing are paramount in driving sustainable change,” stated NSTA Chief Technical Officer Carlo Procaccini. Each asset operator must precisely measure and monitor carbon dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, sulphur dioxide, and methane emissions since operators have varied emissions profiles.
“Technology will significantly reduce emissions and promote sustainable practices across onshore and offshore operations.”
The blueprint will be released in September 2023.