Wind-powered water injection moves into prototype phase
DNV GL’s ‘WIN WIN’ (WINd powered Water INjection) concept is now ready for prototype development.
HOUSTON – DNV GL’s ‘WIN WIN’ (WINd powered Water INjection) concept is now ready for prototype development.
This follows two joint industry projects that have demonstrated that the solution is cost-effective and technically feasible.
Water injection can sometimes be problematic to apply complicated due to the high costs associated with large topsides gas or diesel generators and complex subsea infrastructure.
WIN WIN, however, employs a floating turbine that is said to allow the injection system to operate independently, eliminating the need for long flowlines from the platform.
DNV GL has worked on the development with various oil and gas companies since 2015. The first phase investigated the techno-economic feasibility of wind-powered water injection; more recently, stage two involved proof-of-concept laboratory testing.
Project director Johan Sandberg said: “With WIN WIN, the power is supplied in situ at potentially much lower cost, with increased flexibility and without emissions.”
In the latest round of research, DNV GL led a joint industry project (JIP) with support from ExxonMobil and Vår Energi.
Jayme Meier, Vice-President, ExxonMobil Upstream Research Co., said, “The completion of Phase 2 of the WIN WIN JIP drives us one step closer to a technically viable and commercially deployable system.”