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Ervia, Equinor Ink Carbon Capture & Storage MoU (Int'l Report)
Equinor,Ervia
Date: 2019-09-06
In Dublin, the Irish state utility company Ervia reports it has inked Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Norwegian firm Equinor -- f.k.a. Statoil -- to undertake research on the potential for Ireland to benefit from Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS).

Under the MoU, Eriva will work with Equinor and the Norwegian Government's wider "Northern Lights" project which aims to drive CCS development across Europe. If successful, this would see carbon emissions from Ireland's electricity production and large industry captured and exported via ship to be permanently stored in Norway's geological reserves in the North Sea.

Ervia, previously known as Bord Gais or Bord Gais Eireann, is a multi-utility company distributing pipeline natural gas, water services and dark fiber services in Ireland. (Source: Business Irish, Ervia, 5 Sept., 2019) Contact: Ervia, Cathal Marley, CEO, +44 01 823 0300www.ervia.ie

More Low-Carbon Energy News Equinor,  Bord Gais,  CCS,  Carbon Emissions,  


Equinor Investing in Argentine Renewable Energy Market (Int'l.)
Equinor ,YPF Luz.
Date: 2019-08-09
Oslo-headquartered Norwegian oil and gas major Equinor -- fka Statoil -- reports it has entered the Argentine wind-power market with a $30 million share purchase bid for a 50 pct stake in the 120MW Canadon Leon wind farm project, which is owned and being built in Santa Cruz Province by the state controlled power company YPF Luz.

Equinor holds a 50 pct indirect interest in the 100MW Guanizul 2A solar farm and recently signed a memorandum of understanding with Petrobras to investigate Argentina's offshore wind energy potential. (Source: Equinor, Recharge, 7 Aug., 2019) Contact: Equinor, Pal Eitrheim, VP New Energy Solutions, www.equinor.com; YPF Luz, www.ypfluz.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Equinor ,  Wind,  YPF Luz. ,  


Petrobras, Equinor Explore Brazil Offshore Wind Opportunity (Int'l)
Petrobras,Equinor
Date: 2018-10-03
Petrobras reports it has inked has a MOU with Oslo, Norway-based Equinor -- fka Statoil -- to evaluate an offshore wind development in Brazil. The two companies have been researching other potential areas for cooperation including the development of renewable energy initiatives.

Petrobras has four wind farms in partnership, totaling 104 MW in installed capacity. The company also owns a 1.1 MW solar photovoltaic power research and development plant in Rio Grande do Norte where the operations of four types of technology are currently under evaluation.

Equinor operates three wind farms along the coast of the U.K. and is involved in offshore wind projects in the U.K., Germany and the U.S.(Source: Petrobras, Maritime Exec., 2 Oct., 2018)Contact: Petrobras , Pedro Parente, CEO, sac@petrobras.com.br, www.petrobras.com; Equinor, www.equinor.com/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Petrobras,  Wind,  Brasil Wind,  Equinor,  


Global Carbon Capture and Storage Market 2017-2021 Developments, Opportunities, Players, Regions, Suppliers -- Report Available (Ind. Report)
Carbon Capture and Storage ,CCS
Date: 2018-08-01
The recently released Global Carbon Capture and Storage Market 2017-2021 Developments, Opportunities, Players, Regions, Suppliers report provides detailed information on the driving factors and challenges that will define the upcoming development of the Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) market. The report examines existing opportunities in small markets for investors thorough an analysis of the competitive landscape and product offerings of key players including: Babcock & Wilcox, ENGIE, GE Power, The Linde Group, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Air Products and Chemicals, Aker Solutions, Amec Foster Wheeler, Chevron, Fluor, Hitachi, Net Power, Schlumberger, Shell, Siemens, Statoil, and Sulzer.

According to the report, the CCS market is predicted to grow at a CAGR of 9.18 pct. up to 2021.

View report details HERE. Request a report Sample PDF HERE. (Source: Absolute Reports, July, 2018) Contact: Absolute Reports, www.absolutereports.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Carbon Dioxide,  CO2,  Carbon Market,  Carbon Tax,  Carbon Sequestration,  


Statoil Ramping Up Drive to Cut its Carbon Footprint (Int'l)
Statoil,International Energy Agency
Date: 2018-05-07
Statoil, Norway's largest company, reports it is stress-testing its portfolio of oil and gas assets against global energy scenarios set out by the International Energy Agency (IEA) at shareholders' request in 2015.

The IEA's Sustainable Development Scenario, which analyses the likely impact of energy policies by 2040, is aligned with the 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement goals to keep global warming from exceeding 2 degrees C..

Statoil has also announced plans to reduce emissions from some of its new fields to 3kg of CO2 per barrel of oil equivalents (boe), which is less than 20 pct of the global average. The company's carbon intensity at its offshore fields stood at 9kg per boe in 2017, compared to a global average of 17kg per boe.

In 2017, Statoil launched a new climate roadmap outlining aims to reduce the carbon intensity of its upstream oil and gas portfolio to 8 kg CO2/boe by 2030, achieve annual CO2 emission reductions of 3 million tonnes by 2030 and build an industrial position in profitable new energy of up to 15-20 pct of capex by 2030. The company will also invest around 25 pct of research funds into new energy solutions and energy efficiency by 2020.

Statoil reduced its CO2 intensity from oil and gas production by 10 pct year-on-year, from 10kg CO2 per boe to 9kg CO2 per boe. In 2017 the company achieved CO2 reductions of 356 000 tonnes.

Download Statoil's 2017 Sustainability report HERE. (Source: Statoil, Reuters, May, 2018) Contact: Statoil, www.statoil.com; International Energy Agency, www.iea.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Statoil,  Climate Change,  Paris Climate Agreement,  Carbon Footprint,  International Energy Agency,  


Statoil Annual Sustainability Report 2017 -- Report Attached (Int'l)
Statoil
Date: 2018-03-26
In its recently released Statoil Annual Sustainability Report 2017, Oslo-headquartered oil and gas producer Statoil offers an overview of its ambitious sustainability agenda and performance. Sustainability is embedded in the company's strategy, and the company is taking actions to develop the business to support the UN sustainability goals and the Paris agreement, according to the report.

In 2017, Statoil launched a new climate roadmap outlining aims to reduce the carbon intensity of its upstream oil and gas portfolio to 8 kg CO2/boe by 2030, achieve annual CO2 emission reductions of 3 million tonnes by 2030 and build an industrial position in profitable new energy of up to 15-20 pct of capex by 2030. The company will also invest around 25 pct of research funds into new energy solutions and energy efficiency by 2020.

Statoil reduced its CO2 intensity from oil and gas production by 10 pct year-on-year, from 10kg CO2 per boe to 9kg CO2 per boe. In 2017 the company achieved CO2 reductions of 356 000 tonnes.

Download the Statoil Annual Sustainability Report 2017 HERE. (Source: Statoil, Mar., 2018) Contact: Statoil, www.statoil.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Statoil,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


BLUE PILOT to Cut Offshore Wind Const. Costs (New Prod & Tech)
The Carbon Trust
Date: 2018-03-16
The Carbon Trust is reporting the launch of BLUE PILOT, a large-scale demonstration project aimed at reducing costs and underwater noise during construction of offshore wind farms as part of the Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA). The BLUE PILOT project will deploy The BLUE Hammer, a new type of pile driver developed by Fistuca BV., a Dutch technology company founded as a spin-off from Eindhoven University of Technology.

It is anticipated that the project will enable potential lifetime savings of €33 -- €40 million for a 720MW offshore wind farm.

OWA partners E.ON, EnBW, Orsted, Statoil and Vattenfall, alongside additional industry partners Fistuca, Van Oord, Shell and Sif are contributing €3.2 million in project funding, while the Netherlands Enterprise Agency has granted public subsidies of over €2.5 million.

In the BLUE PILOT project the hammer will be tested offshore at a location in Dutch waters. Sif will provide the monopile, and Van Oord will support the installation logistics. The other industry partners will provide funding and strategic advice into the project to ensure its relevance to future commercial projects. (Source: Carbon Trust, PR, 13 Mar., 2018) Contact: Offshore Wind Accelorator, www.carbontrust.com/offshore-wind

More Low-Carbon Energy News The Carbon Trust,  Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


U.S.Carbon Capture and Storage Market Report 2018 -- Report Available (Ind. Report)

Date: 2018-03-09
MarketResearchNest.com reports the availability of its new United States Carbon Capture and Storage Market Report 2018 report studying Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) in North America, Europe, Southeast Asia, Japan and India.

The study includes production, revenue, consumption, import and export in these regions from 2013 to 2018, and forecast to 2025. The report also identifies major players in the market and their market revenues including GE Energy, Siemens, Honeywell, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Shell Cansolv, Alstom Energy, Linde Engineering, ConocoPhillips Company, Statoil ASA, Dakota Gasification, Fluor Corporation, Hitachi, Halliburton, HTCO2 Systems, Carbon Clean Solutions, Summit Carbon Capture, Sasol Limited, Aker Clean Carbon AS, China HuaNeng Group.

Browse full table of contents and data tables HERE. Request a sample copy HERE; Purchase the report HERE. (Source: MarketResearchNest.com, satPRnews, Mar., 2018) Contact: MarketResearchNest, Jeet Jain, 240-284-8070, +44-20-3290-4151, sales@marketresearchnest.com, www.marketresearchnest.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Capture and Storage,  CCS,  


XTO Energy Comments on Methane Reduction Regulations (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
XTO Energy, ExxonMobil
Date: 2018-02-07
"In November, 2017, ExxonMobil signed onto a commitment with several companies aimed at reducing methane emissions within the natural gas industry. That agreement built off earlier efforts announced in 2017 to enhance ExxonMobil's voluntary methane-reduction activities.

"As I wrote at the time about this multi-partner pact, advocating for sound policies and regulations is key to helping drive improvements. That's because even though the companies that signed the agreement are fairly large -- BP, Shell, Eni, Statoil, Total, etc. in addition to ExxonMobil) -- methane emissions constitute a very small fraction of the overall natural gas picture. The correct mix of policies and regulations could help the entire industry raise the bar.

"So what would a framework for jurisdictionally appropriate regulatory action with regard to methane look like? Ultimately, ExxonMobil thinks it should include: new wells should follow "green completion" procedures; rules should promote Leak Detection and Repair programs; basic data should be reported to regulatory bodies for consolidation and to underpin a regulatory effort that both encourages and keeps up with continuous technological innovation." (Source: XTO Energy Blog, ExxonMobil, 2 Feb., 2018) Contact: XTO Energy, Sara Ortwein, Pres., www.xtoenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News XTO Energy,  Methane,  GHG,  ExxonMobil,  


Petrobras Joining Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (Int'l)
Petrobras,Oil and Gas Climate Initiative
Date: 2018-01-31
In Brazil, Rio de Janeiro-headquartered Petrobras to is reporting it is joining the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI), a CEO-led group of oil and gas companies that intends to lead the industry's response to climate change and reduce greenhouse emissions. OGCI existing members include BP, CNPC, Eni, Pemex, Repsol, Saudi Aramco, Shell, Statoil and Total.

The OGIC's billion-dollar investment arm -- OGCI Climate Investments -- supports the development, deployment and scale-up of low emissions technology. Taken together, oil and gas production by OGCI member companies represents more than a quarter of the world’s oil and gas production.

Petrobras, headquartered in Brazil, is a publicly-held company active in exploration and production, refining, marketing, transportation, petrochemicals, oil product distribution, natural gas, electricity, chemical-gas and biofuel segments. It has a presence in 19 countries and employees around 70,000 people. (Source: Petrobras, MarEx, Others, 28 Jan., 2018) Contact: Petrobras , Pedro Parente, CEO, sac@petrobras.com.br, www.petrobras.com; Oil and Gas Climate Initiative, www.oilandgasclimateinitiative.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News GHGs,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  Petrobras,  Oil and Gas Climate Initiative ,  


Arkona Offshore Wind Farm Phase-Two Construction Complete (Ind. Report)
Arkona,Statoil,E,ON
Date: 2018-01-19
E.ON and Statoil are reporting Construction of their €1.2 billion, JV 385 MW, Arkona offshore wind farm 35 kilometres northeast of the island of Rugen in the German Baltic Sea is progressing on schedule. After the foundations, the 60 connecting pieces are now installed and the 'Transition Pieces', each weighing 400 tons, have been mounted on the foundations.French Atlantic Ocean to the Baltic Sea in spring.

When fully operational, the wind farm will generate sufficient power for up to 400,000 households. (Source: E.ON, SubSea News,, 17 Jan., 2018) Contact: E.ON, www.eon.com; Statoil Energy Ventures, Gareth Burns, Irene Rummelhoff, VP, +47 51 99 00 00, www.statoil.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Arkona,  Offshore Wind,  E.ON,  Statoil,  


Statoil Wins Floating Wind Farm Energy Storage Contract (Int'l)
Statoil,Younicos
Date: 2017-12-01
Upon winning Hywind Scotland's Batwind floating wind farm energy storage contract, Norwegian state-owned Statoil, in partnership with Masdar, reports it has awarded a contract to Berlin-based intelligent energy storage and grid solutions specialist Younicos Energy to deliver a 1 MW/1,3 MWh battery storage system for connection to Hywind Scotland's Batwind project which is expected to be operational in Q2, 2018.

Hywind Scotland, 15 miles off the coast of Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, is operated by Statoil on behalf of partner Masdar. Statoil holds an ownership share of 75 pct and Masdar 25 pct. (Source: Statoil, Elec. Light & Power, 28 Nov., 2017) Contact: Younicos Energy, James P. McDougall, CEO, Philip Hiersemenzel, 011 +49 174 908 8188, www.younicos.com; Statoil Energy Ventures, Gareth Burns, Irene Rummelhoff, VP, +47 51 99 00 00, www.statoil.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Younicos,  Batwind,  Statoil,  Wind,  Floating Wind,  


TOTAL Joining Carbon Capture, Utilization Storage Project (Int'l)
Total,Shell,Statoil
Date: 2017-11-06
TOTAL, the Paris-headquartered French energy giant which has committed 10 pct of its R&D budget to carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS), reports it will partner with Shell and Statoil on a project to study the world's first commercial carbon storage facility near Oslo, Norway.

The planned facility would store 35 million tpy of carbon emitted by a waste treatment plant, a cement works and a fertilizer plant. The carbon will be stored in a saline aquifer at a water depth of 1,400 meters.

The project will be scaled to accommodate up to 1.5 million tpy of carbon -- equivalent to the annual emissions of over 300,000 vehicles. in the event that other industrial operators choose to sign on. It will also help lower the cost of the technologies used, a major issue if the CCUS market is to grow.

Climate experts reportedly estimate that several hundred billion dollars per year will have to be invested between now and 2050 to grow the carbon capture and storage (CCS) industry enough to achieve carbon neutrality and meet the Paris Agreement target of holding the average global temperature rise below 2 degrees C by 2100. (Source: TOTAL, PR, 1 Nov., 2017)Contact: TOTAL, Laetitia Maccioni: + 33 6 24 60 57 65 l, laetitia.maccioni@total.com, Investor Relations, +44 (0)207 719 7962 l, www.total.com; Statoil, www.statoil.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Statoil,  Total,  Carbon Emissions,  CCS,  CCUS,  


World's First Floating Offshore Wind Farm Begins Operations (Int'l)
Statoil,Masdar
Date: 2017-11-01
Norwegian state-owned Statoil in partnership with Masdar, reports the inauguration of the world’'s first floating offshore wind farm, Hywind Scotland, 15 miles off the coast of Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. The 30-MW pilot Hywind Scotland will generate sufficient electric power for about 20,000 U.K. households.

The project utilizes 5 Siemens turbines measuring 584 feet high and 505 feet in diameter. The facility's onshore operations and maintenance base is in Peterhead, while the operations center is in Great Yarmouth. Batwind, a 1-MW lithium battery storage system for offshore wind energywill be installed to mitigate intermittency and optimize output. (Source: Statoil, Commercial Property Exec., 30 Oct., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Statoil,  Masdar,  Wind,  Offshore Wind,  Floating Wind,  


Statoil Touting Long Island EMPIRE WIND Project (Ind. Report)
Statoil
Date: 2017-10-30
Statoil reports it has tagged its offshore wind farm site 14-30 miles southeast of Long Island as EMPIRE WIND. When fully operational, the 1-GW site could generate sufficient electric power for as many as one million area homes.

According to Statoil, it invested $42.5 million to obtain the lease for the EMPIRE WIND site which will be constructed by private investors at an approximate cost of $3 billion. The offshore wind project is still in the early planning stage with site assessment and characterization studies and surveys expected to get underway in spring 2018. The research and permitting phase is expected to last four-to-five years. Early estimates suggest that first power could be generated by the mid-2020s. (Source: Statoil, Maritime Exec., 24 Nov., 2017) Contact: Statoil, Irene Rummelhoff, Exec VP New Energy Ventures, Stephen Bull, Snr, VP, Offshore Wind, +47 51 99 00 00, www.statoil.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Statoil,  Offshore Wind,  


CCS Research Field Station Opens in Alberta (Ind. Report)
Carbon Management Canada Research Institute
Date: 2017-10-25
On the Canadian prairies, the University of Calgary is reporting the opening of the Containment and Monitoring Institute's carbon capture and storage (CCS) Field Research Station in Newell County, southern Alberta.

The research station -- a partnership between Carbon Management Canada Research Institute and the University of Calgary -- offers a unique site to develop and demonstrate technologies to detect and monitor C02 and other fluids stored in underground reservoirs. It also aligns with the university's commitment to a low-carbon future and its emergence as a leader in carbon capture and storage research.

The 200-hectare CaMI field research station provides the step between modelling work that can be done on a bench scale and a full-scale field pilot. At the site, small amounts of CO2 will be injected into a reservoir 300 metres underground, where the CO2 remains a gas. The injection well at the site is surrounded by two observation wells and four water-monitoring wells to allow researchers to test a variety of technologies.

The CaMI field research station received funding from the federal Western Economic Diversification Program and is currently funded by the University of Calgary's Canada First Excellence Research Fund via the Global Research Initiative in Sustainable Low Carbon Unconventional Resources and Carbon Management Canada Research Institutes. CaMI also offers a subscription-based access to monitoring research outcomes from the field research station. Current joint industry partners include Statoil, Shell Global Solutions, RITE Japan, and Cenovus Energy. (Source: University of Calgary, PR, 25 Oct., 2017) Contact: Carbon Management Canada Research Institutes, (403) 210-9784, admin@cmcghg.com, http://cmcghg.com; University of Calgary, www.ucalgary.ca/administration

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS news,  CO2 news,  


First Floating Wind Farm Now Online Off Scotland (Int'l Report)
Statoil ,Masdar Abu Dhabi Future Energy
Date: 2017-10-23
Statoil and its partner Masdar Abu Dhabi Future Energy Co. are reporting construction of the 30MW "Hywind" pilot project, the world's first floating deep-ocean wind farm off the coast of Peterhead in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. WHen fully opereational, the facility will generate sufficient power for about 20,000 households.

According to a Statoil statement, existing fixed turbines were only best for water depths of 20 to 50 meters. The new floating design is suitable for water depths of 100 meters or more where average wind speeds are often around 10 meters per second. (Source: Statoil, Inquirer, 22 Oct., 2017) Contact: Masdar Abu Dhabi Future Energy, www.masdar.ae; Statoil, Irene Rummelhoff, Exec VP New Energy Ventures, Stephen Bull, Snr, VP, Offshore Wind, Leif Delp, Hywind Project Dir., +47 51 99 00 00, www.statoil.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Floating Wind,  Offshore Wind,  Wind,  Statoil,  Mardar,  


Oil Giants Ink Norwegian Carbon Storage Agreement (Int'l Report)
Shell, Statoil,Total
Date: 2017-10-04
Energy Voice is reporting oil industry giants Norske Shell, Statoil and Total have formed a partnership to develop full-scale carbon capture and storage CCS)in Norway. In June, Gassnova awarded Statoil the contract for the first phase of the project. Norske Shell and Total E&P Norge are now entering as equal partners while Statoil will lead the project which will store CO2 captured from onshore industrial facilities in Eastern Norway.

The first phase of this CO2 project could reach a capacity of approximately 1.5 million tpy. The project will be designed to accommodate additional CO2 volumes as required at future dates.(Source: Various Media, Energy Voice, 2 Oct., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Shell,  Statoil,  Total,  CCS,  Carbon Storage,  


Statoil Surpasses Climate Target Years Ahead of Schedule (Int'l)
tatoil
Date: 2017-09-25
Oslo-headquartered oil and gas producer Statoil reports it has achieved its 2015 target of reducing the CO2 emissions from the Norwegian continental shelf by 1.2 million tpy from 2008 to 2020 -- equal to the annual emissions from some 600 000 vehicles.

In 2008 the petroleum industry, under the direction of Konkraft, set a collective energy efficiency goal equivalent to 1 million tonnes of CO2 per year between 2008 and 2020. Statoil's share of this was 800,000 tonnes. In 2015, four years ahead of schedule, Statoil achieved this goal and raised its target by 50 pct to 1.2 million tonnes the same year.

In August 2016, the petroleum industry, under the direction of the Norwegian Oil and Gas Association, launched an ambition of introducing carbon reduction measures equivalent to 2.5 million tonnes on the NCS by 2030, compared with 2020. Statoil's share of this is 2 million tonnes. (Source: Statoil, Oil & Gas Eurasia, 22 Sept., 2017) September 21, 2017) Contact: Statoil, Arne Sigve Nylund, Exec. VP, Development and Production Norway, www.statoil.com; Norwegian Oil and Gas Association, www.norskoljeoggass.no/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Statoil,  Carbon Emissions,  Emission Reductions,  


Dudgeon Offshore Wind Turbines Installation Completed (Int'l)
A2SEA,Dudgeon Offshore Wind
Date: 2017-09-13
A2SEA is reporting it's SEA CHALLENGER vessel has completed the installation of 67 Siemens 6MW turbines on the 402 MW Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm.

The Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm 32 km off the North Norfolk, UK coast, is 35 pct owned by Statoil and 35 pct by Masdar while Statkraft holds 30 pct. (Source: A2SEA, Windtech, Others, 11 Sept., 2017)Contact: A2SEA, +45 7592 8211, a2sea@a2sea.com, www.a2sea.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News A2SEA,  Offshore Wind,  Dudgeon Offshore Wind,  


£1.5Mn Added to Scottish Gov. Offshore Wind Investment (Int'l)

Date: 2017-08-07
The Scottish Government is reporting an additional £1.5 million investment in the Carbon Trust's world-leading Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) development and demonstration programme in a bid to stimulate innovation in the sector. Funding will also continue for other projects exploring potential opportunities that offshore wind can offer to Scotland and ultimately lead to a reduction in costs.

Schemes receiving funding will be those which encourage international collaboration and knowledge-sharing between offshore wind developers. sectors to improve the industry as a whole. The OWA programme brings together nine of the largest offshore wind developers in Europe – DONG Energy, EnBW, E.ON, Iberdrola, innogy, SSE, Statkraft, Statoil and Vattenfall. (Source: Gov. of Scotland, The Courier, Various Media, 5 Aug., 2017) Contact: Carbon Trust, Andrew Lever, Director of Innovation, Al-Karim Govindji, Senior Manager of Innovation, +44 (0) 207 832 4773, www.carbontrust.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  Scotland Offshore Wind,  Carbon Trust,  


Statoil's Hywind Floating Wind Farm Underway off Peterhead (Int'l)
Statoil
Date: 2017-07-26
Norwegian company Statoil reports its Hywind fully floating offshore wind farm -- the world's first full-scale floating wind turbine installation -- is well underway 25 km off Peterhead, Scotland. When fully operation by the year end, Hywind will generate sufficient electric power for 20,000 Scottish homes.

According to Statoil, the new wind farm will be the first of many in waters too deep to anchor conventional wind turbines on the seabed. Instead, the turbine tower is mounted on a huge, weighted tube that floats 78 meters deep in the sea and held in place by underwater mooring lines. The 12,000 tonne, 253 meter-high towers were built in Spain and assembled at Stord in Norway. The Hywind project costs £190 million ($337 million) and was subsidised by the British government. (Source: Statoil, BBC, Strait Times, Others, 25 July, 2017)Contact: Statoil, Irene Rummelhoff, Exec VP New Energy Ventures, Stephen Bull, Snr, VP, Offshore Wind, Leif Delp, Hywind Project Dir., +47 51 99 00 00, www.statoil.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Statoil,  Floating Offshore Wind,  Wind,  


Trident Proposes 1,000-MW Calif. Offshore Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
Trident Winds
Date: 2017-07-05
In the Golden State, Trident Winds LLC is proposing construction of a 60 -- 100 turbine deep water wind farm off the coast, from Cayucos to north of Piedras Blancas. The project, which would be more than 20 miles offshore, would utilize floating foundations and would generate 1,000 MW of electricity that would reach the mainland through underwater transmission lines to the PG&E substation in Morro Bay. Subject to approvals and other considerations, the project could be operational and online sometime in 2025, the company says.

Trident was the first company to apply for a lease to build a wind farm off the Central Coast. The land it would be leasing is in federal waters, so the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is the responsible agency. Statoil, a Norwegian energy company, has since applied to compete for the lease. (Source: Trident Wind LLC, Tribune, July, 2017) Contact: Trident Winds LLC,, Alla Weinstein, www.tridentwinds.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Trident Winds,  Offshore,  Deep Water Wind Wind,  Floating Wind Foundation,  


Statoil Increases CO2 Reduction R&D Budget (Int'l Report)
Statoil,Research Council of Norway
Date: 2017-06-21
In Oslo the Norwegian state controlled energy conglomerate Statoil reports that it will spend 25 pct of its research funds on CO2 reductions and new energy solutions in the year 2020. The aim is to reduce emissions from oil and gas activities and to develop electrification technologies, reduce emissions from turbines offshore and reduce energy consumption for new fields.

This year's research budget totals NOK 2.6 billion, (1,000,000 NOK =116,995.02USD) half of which will be spent externally. The Research Council of Norway has supported this technology development for a long time, and DEMO2000 funds from last year’s allocation was essential to start using the technology this year. (Source: Research Council of Norway ,Statoil, 19 June, 2017) Contact: Statoil, Elisabeth B. Kvalheim, CTO, www.statoil.com; Research Council of Norway, www.forskningsradet.no/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2 Emissions,  Carbon Emissions,  Statoil,  


Carbon Trust Touts Low-Carbon Collaboration (Int'l)
Carbon Trust
Date: 2017-06-16
In the UK, the Carbon Trust reports it has launched the Energy Systems Innovation Platform (ESIP), a collaboration with Centrica, Dong Energy, SSE, Scottish Power, Statoil and Wood Group Clean Energy to address issues preventing a more effective transition to a low cost and low-carbon energy system. The ESIP is supported by the Scottish government and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

The initiative aims to find solutions to regulatory and other barriers deterring investment in energy storage, energy efficiency and similar technologies and solutions to achieving low carbon energy and a low carbon energy economy. The first results of this work are expected by the year end. (Source: Carbon Trust, renews, Others, 13 June, 2017) Contact: Carbon Trust, Andrew Lever, Director of Innovation, Nils Lehmann, Project Manager, +44 (0) 207 832 4773, www.carbontrust.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Trust,  Low-Carbon Energy,  


ION Eng. Completes Mongstad Carbon Capture Demo (Ind. Report)
ION Engineering,Technology Center Mongstad
Date: 2017-06-09
Boulder, Colorado-headquartered carbon capture technology specialist ION Engineering is reporting completion of a six-month demonstration of its carbon capture system at the CO2 Technology Center Mongstad (TCM) in Norway. ION's Advanced Liquid Absorption System (ALAS) technology is capable of capturing over 90 pct of CO2 from refinery flue gas and natural gas, with low emissions and energy requirements.

During the TCM test campaign, ION conducted over 150 individual experiments, testing its system on residue fluid catalytic cracker (RFCC) gas from Statoil's refinery, which closely resembles the CO2 concentration of the flue gas produced in coal-fired power plants. It also tested on flue gas from TCM's combined heat and power (CHP) plant, which is fueled by natural gas.

ION's proprietary ALAS is comprised of a liquid absorbent, process technology, and the company's newest analytical technology, a Multicomponent Liquid Analyzer, (MLA), which is capable of near-real-time compositional analysis of the liquid absorbent.

To date, ION is the only U.S. company to have successfully tested its capture technology on RFCC gas at TCM. Over $25 million in funding for the tests was provided by the US Dept. of Energy's NETL, with significant in-kind contributions from TCM. (Source: ION Engineering, PR, 7 June, 2017) Contact: ION Engineering, Dr. Buz Brown, CEO, www.ion-engineering.com; Technology Center Mongstad, +47 56 34 52 20, www.tcmda.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News ION Engineering,  CCS,  Mongstad ,  


Statoil Begins Long Island Offshore Wind Preliminaries (Ind. Report)
Statoil
Date: 2017-05-03
Following on our December 21st, 2016 coverage, Statoil, the Norwegian state controlled energy conglomerate that spent $42.5 million for lease rights to build a wind-energy array off the coast of southwestern Long Island, reports it has begun staffing here as it begins the four- to five-year process of acquiring the more than two dozen state and federal permits necessary for the construction of more than a gigawatt of wind power to begin in 2024.

According to Statoil, 400-600 megawatts could be developed by 2024, with the remaining number phased in over the next several years. Statoil expects to eventully deploy about 100 turbines with 10 MW capacity each. The company has also begun meeting with local and state officials to inform them of the plan and address concerns. (Source: Statoil, Newsday, 29 April, 2017) Contact: Statoil, Irene Rummelhoff, Exec VP New Energy Ventures, Stephen Bull, Snr, VP, Offshore Wind, +47 51 99 00 00, www.statoil.com

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Total Inks Technology Centre Mongstad CCS Agreement (Int'l)
Technology Centre Mongstad,Statoil
Date: 2017-04-10
Multinational oil and gas major Total reports the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Norwegian Petroleum and Energy Minister under which it will join the Technology Centre Mongstad (TCM), one of the world's largest facilities for testing carbon capture and storage (CCS). TCM has a carbon storage capacity of 100,000 tpy and has enabled companies to facilitate international CCS projects.

The MoU agreement will extend test operations scheduled for completion this coming August through to 2020. Both Shell and Statoil will be involved in these tests as partners to TCM.

TCM, which was established in 2012, has developed partnerships with the US Department of Energy. The facility will continue to test new technologies and will assist Statoil's feasibility studies for CCS at three locations on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. (Source: Total, edie.com, 7 April, 2017) Contact: Technology Centre Mongstad, +47 56 34 52 20, www.tcmda.com

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SSE, Statoil, SSE Take Statkraft's Dogger Bank Stake (Int'l, M&A)
Statoil,SSE,Statkraft
Date: 2017-03-31
Further to our March 24th coverage, Oslo-headquartered oil and gas producer Statoil and Britain's SSE report they have both acquired an additional stake in the Dogger Bank Offshore Wind development site, in the North Sea off the east coast of England.

Last week, both Statoil and SSE announced they had both increased their individual stakes in the Dogger Bank Offshore Wind development site by 12.5 pct -- acquired from original consortium partner, Norway's hydropower company Statkraft. This brings the owning consortium down to three partners -- SSE and Statoil, both of which now hold a 37.5 pct stake in the project, and German energy company RWE Innogy, which retains its original 25 pct.

The Dogger Bank Offshore Wind site includes four separate projects with a combined capacity of 4.8 gigawatts (GW). (Source: SSE, Statoil, PR, 28 Mar., 2017) Contact: Statoil, www.statoil.com; Statkraft, Jon Berg, Communications, +47 24 06 70 00, Jon.Berg@kld.dep.no, www.statkraft.com; SSE, www.sse.co.uk

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Avangrid Wins Kitty Hawk Offshore Wind Farm Lease (Ind. Report)
BOEM,Avangrid Renewables
Date: 2017-03-20
The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is reporting the sale of the rights to develop offshore wind energy off the coast of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, to Portland, Oregon-headquartered Avangrid Renewables, part of the Iberdrola Group, for $9 million. Avangrid out bid Wind Future LLC, Statoil Wind US LLC, and wpd offshore Alpha LLC. (Source: BOEM, Avangrid, Various Media, 17 Mar., 2017) Contact: AVANGRID Inc., James P. Torgerson, Pres., Frank Burkhartsmeyer, CEO, (503) 796-7000, www.avangrid.com; Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, (202) 208-6474, www.boem.gov

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PNE, Statoil Seeking LI Offshore Wind Farm Site Leases (Ind. Report)
PNE Wind ,Statoil ASA
Date: 2017-03-13
Bloomberg is reporting that Cuxhaven, Germany-headquartered PNE Wind AG and Norway's Statoil are asking the U.S. government to open additional sites for offshore wind farms off the coasts of New York and Massachusetts. The two firms are seeking leases to build at least 400 MW in Massachusetts, on adjacent sites with a total of about 390,000 acres, about 30 nautical miles south of Martha’s Vineyard. The sites abut areas leased for development by Dong and Offshore MW.(Source: PNE Wind, Bloomberg Quint, Others, 10 Mar., 2017) Contact: PNE WIND AG, Marcus Lesser, CEO, Scott McCollister, Inv. Relations, +49 (0) 47 21 - 7 18 - 454, Scott.McCollister@pnewind.com, www.pnewind.com; Statoil Wind US LLC, Irene Rummelhoff, Exec. VP, New Energy Solutions, www.statoil.com

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Statoil Slicing GHG Emissions by 20 pct by 2030 (Int'l. Report)
Statoil
Date: 2017-03-13
Oslo-headquartered Norwegian oil and gas producer Statoil reports it aims to cut its annual carbon dioxide emissions by 20 pct from current levels by 2030 -- about 3 million tonnes of CO2 by 2030. The oil giant also plans to reduce emissions per barrel of oil produced to 8 kg (17.64 lb) by 2030 from the present 10 kg (22.05 lb).

Statoil's greenhouse gas emissions were the equivalent of 15 million tonnes of O2 in 2016 -- roughly three times the emissions from all of Norway's 2.5 million cars. The company's goal is short of Norway's national target of a reduction in emissions of at least 40 pct from 1990 levels by 2030, according to Reuters coverage. (Source: Statoil, NASDAQ, Mar., 2017) Contact: Statoil, www.statoil.com

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CCS Market Worth $19Bn by 2024, says Hexa Research (Ind. Report)
Hexa Research
Date: 2017-03-01
| Hexa Research According to market consultancy and research firm Hexa Research’s Carbon Capture & Sequestration Market report, worldwide CCS is projected to grow at a CAGR of 25 pct from 2016 to 2024 reaching nearly $19 billion by 2024. This industry could witness significant growth over the next few years owing to high investments in emission reduction technologies. Moreover, in-depth research and exploration activities may also propel demand.

Factors attracting investment are popularity of clean power technologies and implementation of discharge compliance norms. Regulations from the U.S. transportation department & the EPA for medium and heavy-duty vehicles can improve the demand for carbon capture technology. Since this market is in the nascent stage, there is no clarity on the price of stocked up carbon. This may hamper demand in the forthcoming years.

The global Carbon Capture & Sequestration Market is divided into applications, technologies, and regions and segmented into industrial, agriculture, and Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR)which witnessed the highest demand and contributed to more than 50 pct of the overall revenues in 2015.

Significant technological improvements in non-power sectors can positively influence overall demand. Such positive initiatives regarding the application of latest technologies could benefit the global market in the long run. Moreover, greater awareness among policy makers about the importance of limiting carbon discharge can attract substantial investments. The various technologies are pre-combustion, post-combustion, oxy-firing, and industrial. Demand for pre-combustion technology in the United States may witness robust growth. Major global CCS players are Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd.; The Linde Group; Sulzer Ltd.; AkerSolutions ASA; and Statoil ASA, according to the report.

Browse report details HERE. (Source: Hexa Research, PR, 27 Feb., 2017) Contact: Hexa Research, Ryan Shaw, (800) 489-3075, sales@hexaresearch.com, www.hexaresearch.com

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Masdar Snares Stake in Floating Offshore Wind Farm (Int'l Report)
Masdar,Statoil
Date: 2017-01-23
Oslo-headquartered oil and gas giant Statoil reports it is selling 25 pct of its stake in the 30-MW Hywind Scotland floating offshore wind pilot to Abu Dhabi's renewable energy company, Masdar.

Upon completion later this year, the pilot project off the coast of Peterhead will be the world's largest floating wind farm and is expected to generate sufficient power for approximately 20,000 households. (Source: Masdar, CleanTechnica, Others, 19 Jan., 2017) Contact: Masdar, Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, +971 2 810 9238, Shaima Al Jarman, Marketing & Communications, +971 02 8109365, saljarman@masdar.ac.ae, www.masdar.ac.ae; Statoil Wind, www.statoil.com

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Statoil Wind US Wins NY Offshore Wind Lease Sale (Ind. Report)
Statoil Wind US, BOEM
Date: 2016-12-21
The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) reports that Statoil Wind US LLC is the provisional winner of the December 16 competitive lease sale for 79,350 acres of potential offshore wind projects about 15 miles off the coast of New York. The winning bid came in at bid $42,469,725 for lease area OCS-A 0512.

According to Statoil, the lease area could potentially accommodate more than 1 GW of offshore wind, with a phased development expected to start with 400-600 MW. Statoil now plans to study the lease area the seabed conditions, grid connection options and wind resources involved in the lease site. (Source: BOEM, Marine Log, 19 Dec., 2016) Contact: Statoil Wind US LLC, Irene Rummelhoff, Exec. VP, New Energy Solutions, www.statoil.com; BOEM, (202) 208-6474, www.boem.gov

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Oil Giants Pledges $1Bn to Climate Change Fight (Ind. Report)
Oil
Date: 2016-11-07
On Friday in response to the official implementation of the Paris COP21 climate deal, some of the world's largem petroleum producers -- Saudi Aramco, Royal Dutch Shell, Total, Statoil, Pemex and others -- pledged to invest $1 billion for the development of climate-friendly technologies to reduce carbon emissions as well as help increase gas use.

A substantion portion of the $1 billion pledge will be used to advance Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) and Carbon Capture Use and Storage (CCUS) in gas-fired power plants and toward reducing leakages of methane, one of the most polluting greenhouse gases.

The 10 firms, which jointly produce one-fifth of the world's oil and gas, will also invest in improving efficiency in transport and energy-intensive industries. (Source: Various Sources, Hart Energy, Others, 4 Nov., 2016)

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Norwegian Mongstad, CCS Plans Back on Track (Int'l Report)
Technology Centre Mongstad,CCS
Date: 2016-10-19
In Oslo, the Norwegian Government reports will move forward with plans for a full-scale $43.7 million carbon capture and storage (CCS) demonstration facility. The government plans to continue operations at the Technology Centre Mongstad (TCM), the world's largest and most advanced CCS development and testing facility.

Under the terms of an existing agreement between the Norwegian government, Statoil, Shell and Sasol -- the partnership that regulates ownership and operations of the TCM site -- CCS is among the Government's top five priorities for addressing climate action and a national strategy to address climate change related issues and helping Norway meet 1.5 degree C target agreed at the COP21 conference in Paris. (Source: Gov. of Norway, GasWorld, Others, Oct., 2016)

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Statoil Considers Floating Offshore Wind Bid (Ind. Report)
Statoil Wind US,Principle Power,Statoil
Date: 2016-10-12
Norwegian energy giant Statoil reports its Statoil Wind US unit is considering a floating wind farm project in Oahu North, Hawaii. The company is reportedly interested in leasing the entire 485,000 acre call area, as outlined in the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's (BOEM) call for developers in June.

Two other developers have submitted proposals to BOEM. Progression Energy has planned a 400MW project while Alpha Wind Energy is proposing a pair of 408MW wind farms. Both developers would utilize Berkeley, California-based Principle Power's semi-submersible WindFloat foundations. (Source: Statoil, Various Media, 6 Oct., 2016)Contact: BOEM, (202) 208-6474, www.boem.gov; Statoil Wind, www.statoil.com; Principle Power Inc., (510) 647-9539, www.principlepowerinc.com

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