Roundup of the 2022 LowEmission Consortium days
Emissions reduction solutions that are ready have to be implemented at a rapid pace, if the Norwegian oil and gas industry is to meet its 2030 targets.
The LowEmission research centre held its Annual Consortium Days on 23-24 November in Trondheim. It was an occasion for researchers and industry representatives to exchange ideas and learn about the latest technological developments. The event gathered around 100 participants.
Two panel debates took place. The first one, moderated by Centre Chair Espen Enge (Repsol), was about using innovation to accelerate the implementation of new solutions.
In the second panel debate, participants discussed the fact that lots of emissions reduction technologies are ready to go, but are not being implemented due to barriers. Such barriers can be competition between companies and knowledge gaps from one sector to the other. The conclusion was that collaboration must increase between companies, whether they are vendors or operators, to rapidly implement the decarbonisation solutions that are ready.
A number of technical and scientific presentations were also given, both by PhD candidates, the industry and participants in case studies and spin-off projects of LowEmission.
The closing address was given by Simen Moxnes, Senior Advisor New Energy Systems at Equinor. In his speech, he outlined how the North Sea can remain a European energy centre after the energy transition. Maintaining production of oil and gas, but a decarbonised version of it, is central to Equinor’s strategy. Revenues from that sector will help finance offshore wind, carbon capture and storage (CCS), and hydrogen as a zero-emission fuel. In turn, offshore wind will help decarbonise oil and gas production, and CCS will enable the upscaling of hydrogen production.
LowEmission researches cleaner offshore energy systems and integration with renewable power production technologies. It started its activities in 2019 and will be in operation until 2026.