DNV GL studies wind-powered offshore water injection

WinWin project moves from drawing board to lab test of physical demonstrator.

DNV GL reports completion of phase one of its ‘WinWin’ joint industry project. WinWin set out to assess the feasibility of using wind power to provide energy for offshore water injection. WinWin plans to use an ‘off-the-shelf’ commercial floating wind turbine adjacent to an oil or gas field to produce electrical energy to power pumps and treatment units. Phase 1, completed in 2016, was a desktop technical and commercial simulation performed by DNV on behalf of the JIP partners Statoil, ExxonMobil, VNG Norge, ENI, Nexen, Flow Solutions and Catapult Offshore Energy. Phase 1 results indicate ‘significant potential’ for the technology and DNV is now kicking off phase 2 to validate the simulation findings with a physical demonstrator. This will perform lab testing of the electrical systems at the DNV GL power laboratories in Arnhem, Netherlands.

Three of the original partners (DNV GL, ExxonMobil and ENI Norge) are moving forward on phase 2 and are joined by the Norwegian Research Council. DNV ‘encourages industry to jointly assess the risks and validate the concept.’ Project sponsor Johan Sandberg said, ‘WinWin has shown great potential for the oil and gas industry to lower costs and increase efficiency, while also reducing its environmental footprint.’

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