Huisman has come up with a solution to the energy supply gap caused by the rapid depletion of conventional fossil fuel sources and the quick but insufficient expansion of renewable energy sources.
While we migrate to renewable energy, the company’s Harsh Environment Semi-Submersible Drilling Rig aims to make the exploitation of fossil fuels as sustainable as possible. Huisman suggests a harsh environment semi-sub to offer the most environmentally friendly fossil fuel and energy security.
Huisman is working on the energy transition and has created a variety of methods for capturing renewable energy. This includes those for geothermal energy as well as offshore and onshore wind. However, the corporation keeps coming up with more environmentally friendly ways to produce conventional energy in order to guarantee energy security throughout the transition.
Current geopolitical circumstances, which put the old energy supply routes in danger, are stimulating this strategy even more. Europe is being pushed to think about a variety of alternative sources in order to guarantee reliable access to energy at this time. The possibility for greater utilization of North Sea gas reserves is one example of this. Local offshore production, as opposed to alternative fossil fuel options like LNG and coal, has the lowest carbon footprint while still ensuring energy security.
Drastically reducing emissions
Huisman thinks that even this carbon impact may be diminished, though. As a result, it has created a semi-submersible drilling rig for harsh environments that will drastically reduce emissions. The rig was designed with comprehensive optimum efficiency in mind. The Semi-Submersible Drilling Rig for Harsh Environments promises significant cost and emissions savings as a result.
A low drag electric robotic drilling system that enables consistent speed of operation and a special heave corrected drilling floor, capable of operating in choppy waters, are two examples of the rig’s efficiency. As a result, the rig operates more productively and continuously. This guarantees that emissions can be decreased by 30–40% per well when combined with the rig’s hybrid power system, which focuses on sustainability and includes energy storage technologies that store regenerated energy.
This emission decrease is facilitated by a big functional deck space and a 40% reduction in aboard crew. Ideally, a power line from a neighboring platform powers the rig using hydroelectricity generated onshore. Alternatively, two floating wind turbines tied near to the rig might provide the energy. Both unconventional but practical systems have very low emissions per well. The reduction in emissions might rise to 86% with the addition of wind turbines.
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