OSLO -- The Gjøa platform in the North Sea will be the first floating platform to get its electricity from the mainland, according to StatoilHydro.
"Electrifying new installations on the Norwegian continental shelf is one of the most important measures to reduce further carbon emissions from Norwegian oil and gas production," says Trude Sundset, StatoilHydro's VP for the environment and climate.
Gjøa is expected to come on stream in 2010. A cable running from the new power plant at Mongstad, north of Bergen, will supply the platform with electricity.
"The alternative to this would have been a traditional solution with gas turbines on the platform producing power," says Kjetel Digre, project director for the Gjøa field development.
"By electrifying the platform with a cable instead, the energy that Gjøa needs will be produced with the environmental standard of the new Mongstad power plant. This gives high energy efficiency and reduced emissions of carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds (VOC) as compared with the alternative solution," Digre explains.