Sixteen research, development and demonstration projects investigating ways to reduce emissions from offshore Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) will receive a total of $24.4 million from Natural Resources Canada (NRCan). These projects cover the operational areas of offshore drilling, production and transportation, and will examine the use of technology and other methods to optimize energy efficiencies in power generation, flaring, piping integrity, the feasibility of using renewable energy sources to support offshore operations, carbon capture and storage, and emissions monitoring.
Half of the projects involve developing new technology or determining how to adapt existing equipment or technology to reduce emissions from offshore facilities. Other projects will develop feasibility assessments, proofs of concept, and studies to fill knowledge gaps for Newfoundland and Labrador in the area of emissions reduction.
The fund will be managed by Petroleum Research Newfoundland and Labrador (PRNL), the leading facilitator of research, technology development and innovation for Canada’s offshore.
“The offshore industry plays an integral role in the province’s economy,” says PRNL CEO Dave Finn. “These research projects will provide additional knowledge about how to reduce emissions offshore while still developing our resources safely and sustainably.”