Poland’s oil and gas company PGNiG is taking part in the electrification of Norwegian fields to reduce CO2 emissions. In particular, natural gas used to supply power to the Gina Krog platform (pictured above) in the North Sea will be replaced by electricity and gas consumption for its own needs in the Skarv field will decrease as well.
The purpose of the Power-from-Shore project is to connect the production infrastructure located in the North Sea with subsea cables to power supply from the Norwegian onshore power grid. The project is run by Norway’s Equinor and its partners, including PGNiG Upstream Norway.
“Together with our licence partners, we are involved in a project that will bring the Norwegian Continental Shelf closer to achieving the goal of zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050,” said Jerzy Kwieciński, President of the PGNiG Management Board. “This is a vital project for companies engaged in exploration and production operations on the shelf. In addition to environmental benefits, these efforts will translate into lower-emission charges and will thus improve the economics of the fields,”
PGNiG Upstream Norway holds an 11.3 per cent interest in the Gina Krog field. By the end of 2022, the platforms and the shore will be connected with more kilometres of power cable. In addition, the shut-down of a gas turbine in the Skarv field will reduce CO2 emissions from the field’s infrastructure by nearly 70,000 tonnes per year. From 2024 onwards, it will be possible to generate heat and electricity from exhaust gases from the local gas turbine, which will help reduce energy consumption and decrease emissions by another 30 per cent.