The U.K.'s Oil & Gas Technology Center will collaborate with industry players to implement innovative technologies to decarbonize offshore operations and turn the U.K. continental shelf (UKCS) into the world's first net zero oil and gas basin, the center announced on Tuesday.
The Center, an Aberdeen-based organization focusing on maximizing economic recovery from the UKCS, will create a Net Zero Solution Center.
The Net Zero Solution Center will work with government and industry to address the U.K. 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.
The new center will work towards the formation 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 venture has the backing of major companies including BP, Shell, John Wood Group, leading independent E&P company operating in the U.K. North Sea Chrysaor, Oslo-based engineering company Aker Solutions, one of the world's largest chemical producers INEOS, China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) International, Total, Siemens and Equinor.
Earlier this year, the U.K. and Scottish governments set binding targets to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and 2045 respectively.
By Zeynep Beyza Kilic