In order to meet the challenge of the transition to a carbon-neutral society by 2050, we need to look beyond our own production of renewable energy generated domestically or offshore. The import of renewable energy plays an essential role in this respect. The study published on January 27 by the hydrogen import coalition – a collaboration between DEME, ENGIE, Exmar, Fluxys, Port of Antwerp, Port of Zeebrugge and WaterstofNet – concludes that this is both technically and economically feasible.
Moray Melhuish, Principal Consultant of Annet Business Consultancy recently looked at the comparative impact of COVID on the production of offshore wind and offshore oil & gas, and speculated on their prospects for recovery. He concluded that there might be a more fundamental shift taking place, and wondered whether this is the start of a new industrial revolution? Ocean Energy Resources (OER) asked him to write down his exact thoughts. In this article Moray looks at the four industrial revolutions, and applications for hydrogen as well as the production methods and costs. In a second article, published in due course in OER, the UK-based consultant will look at the potential impact and support available for hydrogen.
To meet the future requirements of the offshore wind industry in the overall project logistics and turbine related O&M activities, Spanish engineering company Marcelo Penna Engineering and Safeway, the Dutch specialist in the design and manufacture of offshore transfer equipment, have joined forces to design an intelligent Service Operation Vessel with a very high focus on crew comfort, safety, reliability and workability in combination with lowering costs. The outcome of this collaboration is the battery-hybrid MP625 SOV combined with the recently introduced Gannet 3D motion-compensated offshore access system.
Around mid-October, 2020, John Spee (North Holland North NHN Development Company) and John Troch (DroneQ Aerial Services) gave a presentation in Nieuwegein, the Netherlands, that explained the cooperation between Energy Reinvented and METIP (Maritime Emerging & Enabling Technologies Innovation Platform) and showed how drones could provide support to the Offshore Energy Industry Oil, Gas & Wind.
BP followed up the release of its Energy Outlook with a ‘BP Week’ of strategy presentations intended to flesh out its ‘Net Zero in 2050’ ambitions announced in February this year, by the new CEO Bernard Looney. A key ambition is to be ‘net zero on an absolute basis across the carbon content of our upstream oil and gas production by 2050 or sooner.’
Dutch teamwork leads to smart & sustainable monopile cover for Vattenfall’s offshore wind farm Hollandse Kust Zuid
Between 18-36 kilometers off the Dutch coast, Vattenfall’s offshore wind farm Hollandse Kust Zuid (HKZ), meaning Dutch Coast South, will arise. In June 2021 the construction of this wind farm, which will become world’s largest, will start.
The present downturn in the OSV market has cost the industry an astonishing € 41bln. Surprisingly little has been done to restore the imbalance in demand and supply of vessels. With assets build to last for 25 years the problem will be solved in a slow and natural order but obviously at great cost to all involved in the supply chain. Remko de Boer, the author of this article, believes that a solution is available that restores asset values and brings the industry back to sustainable levels.
The rapid global spread of COVID-19 has quickly eclipsed other recent epidemics and market crises in both size and scope. In addition to the deadly human toll and the disruption to millions of people’s lives, the economic damage is already significant and far-reaching.
Today marks World Oceans Day and a clear reminder of the role of our oceans in everyday life. Oceans serve as the world’s largest source of protein; they absorb 30% of CO2 produced by humans; and, provide huge forms of marine and coastal biodiversity. The impact of human activity on the ocean is immense. To that end, the theme of the UN World Oceans Day 2020 is ‘Innovation for a Sustainable Ocean’ with a full week of activities exploring this theme.
The German government is using its economic stimulus package to bring important and strengthening measures forward, such as the promotion of domestic production of ‘green’ hydrogen.
The corona virus is turning into an unprecedented international crisis, with serious repercussions for people’s health and economic activity. Although they may be severe, the effects are likely to be temporary.
The federal government of Germany should take a firm decision to ramp up ‘green’ hydrogen and to accelerate the expansion of wind energy and other renewables. Too large a share of imports and too few renewables make the future energy system more expensive.
John Watson stepped down as CEO of Chevron last year at the age of 61. Now, settling into retirement in California, he was recently awarded the American Petroleum Institute’s highest honor, the Gold Medal for Distinguished Achievement, for “exceptional leadership and service to the natural gas and oil industry, their community, and the nation.”
Oil, gas, offshore wind and marine energy, all will play their part in the future of energy. Perhaps a bag of mixed ingredients, but combined in the right way, it will serve the future a more renewable outlook. Offshore Energy 2019 in Amsterdam gives the energy transition a home and this will be felt in the conference program.
Earlier this year, the Annual Dutch Upstream Knowledge Exchange Seminar took place in the Louwman Museum in The Hague for the fourth time in succession. The initiator of the event is DNV GL’s Dutch arm of their oil and gas operations based in Groningen.
Contracted by the Spanish construction group Cobra, Bourbon completed the installation of the first floating wind turbine at the Kincardine site, 15 kilometers off the coast of Aberdeen. Vryhof are their mooring solutions partner.
Archaeologists working for Vattenfall have recovered unique evidence in the North Sea which is hoped will tell a more detailed story of ‘Doggerland’, the submerged landscape which was flooded more than 8,000 years ago.
The Bloomberg New Energy Finance 2018 report peers into the future in an attempt to predict what changes will take place in world energy markets between now and 2050.
Denmark has long been a leading country when it comes to the development of wind power.
Ben van Beurden, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Royal Dutch Shell plc gaf maandagavond 19 maart 2018 de eerste Economie-lezing van Elsevier Weekblad in debatcentrum De Rode Hoed in Amsterdam.
Offshore wind could become the backbone of the UK’s energy mix in little more than a decade, with pioneering technology at its heart.
Dutch operators appreciate unique ‘Upstream Knowledge Exchange’ seminar
In 2015 and 2016 we saw record low levels of offshore volumes sanctioned, which effectively is hurting oilfield service companies’ backlog.
Navigant Research has published new figures which show a total of 3.3 gigawatts (GW) of new offshore wind energy capacity was installed in 2017, bringing the cumulative capacity up to almost 17 GW, with another 7.9 GW in the pipeline.
Offshore wind could move from niche status to being a leading source of renewable energy worldwide.
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