The amount of climate gases emitted per produced unit is increasing, despite efforts over many years to make oil and gas production more efficient.
Increasingly the oil and gas industry is searching for cost-effective solutions that also cut emissions.
So 14 operators in the Norwegian North Sea are actively participating in this project through seminars and work meetings where they learn about each other’s challenges, opportunities and solutions.
The project has also revealed that the industry has made important steps forward. The goal is to further develop and share best practices so that the industry can become even better in the future.
DNV GL is leading a common industry project on behalf of the Norwegian Oil and Gas Association that aims to enhance energy management, energy efficiency and the exchange of experience and expertise between companies even further.
Liv Hovem, Director, DNV GL Oil & Gas, explained: “C02 emissions per produced unit in Norway are among the lowest in the world and about half the level compared to the global average.
“This is of course also helped by the reservoir qualities, nevertheless this project has revealed substantial benefits that can be gained from collaboration and knowledge sharing.
“Oil and gas have a lot to learn from other industries. Other industries, for example in the maritime sector and refineries, have introduced initiatives that have led to substantial financial savings and emission cuts.”
“There are still many ways to reduce climate gas emissions in the petroleum industry without incurring major investment costs – for instance, by bench-marking with other process industries.”