The Oil & Gas Technology Centre (OGTC) has launched the Net Zero Solution Centre at Offshore Europe 2019.
In partnership with industry, the OGTC will create the new center to accelerate the development and deployment of technologies to decarbonize offshore operations and develop the UKCS as the first net zero oil and gas basin globally, supporting the industry’s Roadmap 2035.
The new center has the backing of major companies including BP, Shell, Wood, Chrysaor, Aker Solutions, INEOS, CNOOC International, Total, Siemens, and Equinor.
The Net Zero Solution Centre will work with government and industry to address the UK offshore oil and gas industry’s emission footprint, while also developing technologies that will contribute to the growing demand for hydrogen production and carbon sequestration.
This evolution of the industry, repurposing of facilities and partnering with companion industries such as renewables, will create a new future for the UKCS, while also supporting the creation of net zero carbon economy, according to the OGTC.
To transform the UKCS into a net zero oil and gas basin, the center will champion the creation of an integrated offshore energy system, partnering with companies to accelerate the development of carbon capture, utilization and storage, hydrogen capability and other net zero technologies.
The center has developed a roadmap and will work with a range of academic institutions and industry sectors to identify shared challenges and lead cross-sector collaboration on technologies to help accelerate carbon reduction and create export opportunities for the UK supply chain.
The project program is now being developed with industry partners and recruitment is ongoing for a manager to lead the new center. The first few projects are likely to be announced by the end of 2019, alongside a high-level plan for 2020.