KCA Deutag will carry out an energy optimization project for Equinor on two CAT J rigs in the Norwegian North Sea. This project, which is part of Equinor’s long-term low emissions strategy for 2050, is valued at around $12 million.
The project will be delivered through KCA Deutag’s new business unit, Kenera, which was launched last year to expand the group’s offering in both the oilfield and energy transition markets. Kenera will provide the engineering and installation of a series of carbon-reduction technologies. The project is set to begin in March and is expected to take 12 months to complete. It will include modifications to the main engines and pumps on the rigs and the application of several software upgrades.
The installation of selective catalytic reduction technology is expected to eliminate up to 85-95% of NOx emissions, and auxiliary equipment modifications will ensure only the required fluids are delivered to pumps on the rigs, thus reducing total energy consumption. There will also be several software upgrades to integrate drilling control and power management systems to enhance energy control functionality, drilling optimization and active monitoring of cost parameters.
“This is an exciting project for our group and for Kenera in particular. Our customer-centric business model allows us to partner with Equinor to support their environmental goals and further provide novel effective solutions to actively play our role in the energy transition,” said Ole Maier, President Offshore Services at KCA Deutag. “By combining the skills and experience of our services, engineering design, technology and manufacturing teams, Kenera provides us with a solid platform to deliver our growth strategy and create value for all stakeholders: employees, customers, investors and the communities where we live and work.”