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Taking steps to electrify Canada's offshore energy sector

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July 1st, 2021

We’ve been awarded $1.2 million to evaluate floating wind technology in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Heavy industry needs to be electrified by renewable energy as a way to move towards a low carbon future. Offshore platforms currently rely on fuel-powered turbine generators for power generation. But renewable electrification with offshore wind could reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by approximately 100,000 tonnes per year for a large-scale platform offshore Newfoundland and Labrador (NL).

We’ve been awarded $1.2 million to evaluate floating wind technology by Petroleum Research Newfoundland & Labrador (PRNL) as part of Natural Resources Canada's Emissions Reduction Fund, Offshore Research, Development and Demonstration (RD&D) program. PRNL is the leading facilitator of research, technology development and innovation for Canada's offshore industry and is managing this program in partnership with the Government of Canada. This first-of-its kind initiative will help define a path to reduce GHG emissions offshore, while developing energy resources for the benefit of NL and Canada.

Building on our previous work for the Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Industry Association (NEIA), the Newfoundland and Labrador Oil and Gas Industries Association (Noia) and the Oil and Gas Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador, we’ll demonstrate how offshore wind can be used in NL.

Led by Intecsea, our offshore consulting business, our integrated team with Worley and our partners C-CORE and NOSO will take a full-field approach, from design suitability and construction to operations and maintenance of offshore wind technology.

We will conduct feasibility assessments and studies to fill knowledge gaps and define what concepts can be used to electrify existing and future offshore platforms. And evaluate ways to adapt existing technology or whether new technology needs to be developed or ways to adapt existing technology.

 This work will provide solutions that embrace and leverage renewable power so we can help our clients reduce their carbon footprint. Finding ways to do this is the future of our sector.”

Brian McShane, Senior Vice President, Offshore

We believe in this industry and the workers who built it. Their expertise is sought around the world. Now, Intecsea is exploring how to use offshore wind to electrify platform operations and to lower emissions. This is how we get to net-zero.”

The Honourable Seamus O'Regan Jr., Minister of Natural Resources


Read more about the research program here.