Statoil increase environmental commitment on the NCS
Posted on: 12/11/2015

Norwegian multinational oil and gas company Statoil, have revealed that they are close to reducing CO2 emissions four years ahead of schedule. The company, who operate in 36 countries and employ over 23,000 members of staff, have managed to reduce a total of 800,000 tonnes of carbon emissions on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. In 2008 the Petroleum industry agreed to improve energy efficiency by 1 million tonnes by 2020, however now they have increased their aim to 1.2 million tonnes – the equivalent of 750,000 cars.

“For several years now, we have been working hard at managing our energy use and improving energy efficiency on all our installations, which means that we have already practically achieved our Konkraft target. That is why we are now setting a new target of another 400,000 tonnes by 2020,” says Arne Sigve Nylund, Executive Vice President of Development & Production Norway.

Their success is due to a variety of measures, including operational technology solutions, applying new technologies, and other ways to streamline operations in order to reduce emissions. One way of achieving this is by using a main turbine generator combined with a steam turbine, which saves roughly 44,000 tonnes of CO2 per year.

“The measures we have implemented, and plan to implement, will not only lead to reduced emissions but also value creation. Our current measures to reduce emissions will be one of our key competitive advantages in the future, as environmental requirements become increasingly stringent,” says Nylund.

The Norwegian industry has a good working relationship with the government, and employs a framework that encourages eco-friendly innovation. In general, CO2 emissions per unit of output increase as fields mature. But the measures implemented by Statoil will mean that CO2 emissions from its NCS installations will not rise with the increasing age of the fields.

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