Oil & Gas
Maersk Drilling Rig Reduces Emissions in Norway
After successfully being converted to a hybrid, low-emission rig, Maersk Intrepid has entered operations as the first Maersk Drilling rig to feature this
After successfully being converted to a hybrid, low-emission rig, Maersk Intrepid has entered operations as the first Maersk Drilling rig to feature this set of upgrades. Maersk Intrepid is currently working for Equinor on the Martin Linge field where the ultra-harsh environment jack-up in November this year commenced its first drilling operation with the full low-emission package in use. The full technology package was expected to deliver a double-digit energy savings potential, and this has now been confirmed on Maersk Intrepid where the first month of operations on Martin Linge produced an initial data point of reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by approximately 25% compared to the baseline average for the rig. In addition, NOx emissions were reduced by approximately 95%, an improvement from the original target of 90%.
The installation of low-emission technology is one of several initiatives that support Maersk Drilling’s efforts to reach the company’s recently announced target of reducing its CO2 emissions intensity by 50% by 2030. Other initiatives relating to CO2 reductions include operating rigs on shore power and participation in the Project Greensand consortium which is targeting the use of discontinued oil and gas fields for permanent storage of CO2 offshore Denmark.
The hybrid, low-emission upgrades installed on Maersk Intrepid are supported by a grant from the Norwegian NOx Fund and by Equinor’s decision to introduce compensation formats to stimulate emission reductions. The upgrades combine the use of hybrid power with NOx conversion units, adding data intelligence to further reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions. As part of the Master Frame Agreement between Maersk Drilling and Equinor, the parties have committed to exploring further initiatives to limit greenhouse gas emissions from drilling operations.
The full package of hybrid, low-emissions upgrades is also being installed on the ultra-harsh environment jack-up rig Maersk Integrator which is expected to start operating in full low-emission mode in early 2021 in Norway.
Maersk Intrepid is an ultra-harsh environment CJ70 jack-up rig, designed for year-round operations in the North Sea. It was delivered in 2014 and has been operating in Norway ever since.