In this webinar, the University of Strathclyde will discuss different electrification options for the UKCS. This is part of the OGTC funded project entitled ‘Realising the value of offshore grid access for small pools’. It is an overview feasibility study to discover reliable, affordable and low-carbon power grid architectures for all of the UKCS. Five potential power architectures have been proposed, which can be deployed and mimicked along the UKCS to reduce dependency on open cycle gas turbines:
Architecture 1: Utilise the installation of a local floating wind farm feeding a network of isolated oil/gas platforms
Architecture 2: Create a power-hub fed from large-scale wind farms, therefore, access to clean energy made possible
Architecture 3: Create a network of offshore wind power, onshore grid power and oil/gas platforms. The power direction and amount is fully controlled and flexible.
Architecture 4: Provide the possibility of connecting remote oil/gas platforms to other EU countries’ grid – e.g Norway
Architecture 5: Adopt taping AC power to feed small facilities nearby existing offshore wind farm substations