Initial DNV GL studies show that a standalone wind-powered water-injection system could become cost competitive for various types of applications, especially for water injection far from the production platform and when costly retrofitting is not an option. “We’ve had a fantastic response from the industry and are very pleased that seven important players from both industries have joined the JIP. Together, they cover the value chain from wind production and operation, to pump manufacturing, to five oil and gas operators,” says Johan Sandberg, Segment Leader – Floating Wind Turbines at DNV GL and the project sponsor.
The project’s technical concept is being developed and the technical feasibility is being assessed in detail. Two of the main challenges being addressed are the off-grid operation of the system and the reservoir’s response to variable injection rates. Cian Conroy, Offshore Wind Sector Lead for ORE Catapult, says: “Recent advancements and trialling of offshore floating wind prototypes, backed by strong research, suggest there is scope for cost effective floating wind power sooner than many people may have previously thought. This project will help to further accelerate the development and commercialization of floating wind turbines as a viable technology.”