We are all accustomed to hybrid cars. But what about hybrid rigs?
The transportation industry is embracing electric and hybrid technologies as a means to reduce emissions and create more efficient vehicles. Shipping is already hot on its heels. Although LNG is likely to be the more dominant source of fuel, there are already projects under way to hybridise platform supply vessels – using battery systems to smooth engine loads and even power station-keeping and DPS – or in some cases, more pioneering work into fully autonomous and fully electric ships. Carrying the flag for these future vessels is the Kongsberg-backed Yara Birkeland, at which we look in more detail inside.
Meanwhile, those same principles are now informing how the industry might design the next generation of rigs, drillships and semi-submersibles. Viewing an offshore asset as an islanded grid illustrates the potential for applying new methods of smart management and energy storage. As the cost of battery storage falls, more applications for the technology will emerge, again helping to reduce fuel consumption, lower emissions and increase efficiency. This month we speak with Parker Hannifin’s David Blood about the potential for these techniques in the offshore industry.
Elsewhere, rig operators are innovating to do more with less. UAE-headquartered GMS has recently gained ABS certification for a unique cantilever system installed on its latest self-propelled jack-up barge. The movable cantilever-mounted workover unit allows the vessel to carry out well intervention jobs, and many more tasks usually reserved for larger drilling rigs. The result is a more cost-effective vessel that is cheaper and faster to deploy. GMS CEO Duncan Anderson explains more about the system inside.
In addition to GMS, we also look at some of the other leading lights of innovation in the region, ahead of the ADIPEC conference held in Abu Dhabi from November 13-16. As the region pivots to direct increasing investment towards downstream operations, this year the strategic conference programme reflects that shift. It will include several ministerial sessions and four global business leader sessions, offering panel discussions and interviews with some of the senior government and industry decision makers who are shaping the future of oil and gas.
Elsewhere, researchers at the King Abdullah University of Science & Technology have been experimenting with a new method of sending high-resolution video underwater, and we catch up with Glasspoint’s solar-powered enhanced oil recovery (EOR) project in Oman.
All this in addition to consultancy Wood’s thoughts on the advancements in marine riser analysis, a cracking ice-beating innovation from Norway, ultrasonic thickness measurements by drone and much more.
We are pleased to present the November issue of InnovOil.