Waterford Energy Services Inc (WESI), an energy consulting business, and floating wind pioneer Saitec Offshore have been awarded funding by the Government of Canada for a project that could see a floating windfarm used to power offshore oil and gas installations
The project, ‘Modification of Mobile Offshore Drilling Units for Shared Renewable Power Supply and Storage,’ was funded via a competitive process for which nearly 100 proposals were evaluated to obtain access to C$24.4M (US$20.2M) of funding.
The programme targeted initiatives which would help in reducing greenhouse gas emissions from Newfoundland and Labrador’s offshore oil and gas operations.
The partnership between WESI and Saitec brings together WESI’s offshore oil and gas engineering and technical know-how with Saitec’s floating wind expertise. Together the companies plan to develop a harsh environment solution, ‘plug-and-play’ renewable power option for mobile offshore drilling units and other offshore or nearshore installations in Newfoundland and Labrador and elsewhere.
A second phase of the project, not included in the announced funding, looks to develop a full field demonstration whereby power will be generated by a floating wind turbine and transmitted to an offshore or near-shore installation.
Natural Resources Canada is funding the project through the offshore research, development and demonstration (RD&D) component of its Emissions Reduction Fund. The fund is being managed by Petroleum Research Newfoundland and Labrador, which facilitates research, technology development and innovation.
The offshore RD&D programme will provide funding for applied research and innovation projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Newfoundland and Labrador’s offshore oil and gas industry.
WESI president Blair MacDougall said, “There is no reason why we can’t be leaders in renewable and non-renewable energy technology, and this aligns perfectly with Waterford’s vision to operate in both spaces. Saitec is a great partner for us and our skills and capabilities complement each other very well.”
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