Reliable local renewable power generation enables more environmentally and economically viable operations, to meet with the challenge of renewable energy intermittency and energy security. The Renewables for Subsea Power project is supporting our net zero targets by providing a full solution to generate low carbon, cost-effective, power and communications to remote locations in the offshore energy industry.
This first of a kind integrated solution will contribute significantly to the generation of clean energy in the petroleum industry using a wave energy converter and seabed battery energy storage for production control applications. The various applications that would benefit from the cost and CO2 savings from deploying the system, compared to traditional methods, include umbilical remediation, autonomous underwater vehicle residency, brownfield expansion, carbon capture and storage (CCS) and long offsets.
This collaborative project is led by three United Kingdom based companies, a wave energy company, an energy storage and distribution device provider and an energy technology company that will offer the renewable subsea power system subsea integration. The project consortium includes wider industry engagement from operators and the Aberdeen-based Net Zero Technology Centre. A full system demonstrator deployment, testing AUV (Autonomous Underwater Vehicle) residency and controls module integration will commence from Feb-23.
With the increasing number of aging subsea wells, and a tightening of global regulations for safe well management, the challenge of assuring well integrity is a key feature of risk management for oil and gas operators.
Baker Hughes have partnered with Sentinel Subsea to provide a remote passive well monitoring solution. The innovative mix of hardware and software provides reliable and continuous integrity monitoring, uniquely without the use of active subsea power or data communication. These easy to deploy agnostic systems can be fitted to any wellhead or XTs, providing an optimised approach to subsea risk.
Remote passive monitoring solutions work by gathering and chemically detecting materials in the subsea environment. Once the specific fluid has been chemically detected, an individually coded alert beacon is released to the ocean surface. Once installed, an operator can remotely monitor the status of subsea equipment through a cloud-based platform. Should an alert beacon surface, an alarm will appear on the platform and the operator automatically contacted, allowing for a rapid and coordinated response.
Following field trials in the North Sea, this collaboration has already seen successful international deployments of remote passive monitoring solutions by two operators, in Brazil and The Gulf of Mexico.