West Mira garners DNV GL Battery class notation

Nov. 8, 2019
Northern Drilling’s West Mira is the first rig in operation to be awarded the DNV GL Battery (Power) class notation.

Offshore staff

HØVIK, NorwayNorthern Drilling’s West Mira is the first rig in operation to be awarded the DNV GL Battery (Power) class notation.

The West Mira is an ultra-deepwater semisubmersible that operates a hybrid power plant using Lithium-ion batteries as spinning reserve in dynamic positioning (DP) operations and to supply power during peak load times.

“With the Battery (Power) class notation, we are helping our customers in the offshore industry take advantage of new technologies for safer, more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly operations,” said Geir Fuglerud, Director of Offshore Classification at DNV GL.

Hybrid and fully electric battery solutions have already been installed in almost 200 marine vessels globally. We are now seeing offshore rigs stepping up to take advantage of these energy storage systems, with several more rigs soon to follow West Mira.”

Installation and testing of the energy storage system have been completed with close cooperation between Seadrill/Northern Drilling, Siemens, Kongsberg Maritime, and DNV GL.

By using the four converter-battery systems, the operator estimates it will be able to reduce the runtime of the rig’s on-platform diesel engines by 42%, cutting CO2 emissions by 15% and NOx emissions by 12%. The system will also serve as back-up to prevent blackout situations and provide power to the thrusters in the unlikely event of loss of all running machinery on affected switchboard segments, DNV GL said.

The Battery class notation applies to Li-on batteries of less than 20 kWh installed onboard DNV GL-classed vessels and offshore rigs. The company said it builds on its rules for the installation and use of Li-on batteries.

DNV GL has also updated its rules for dynamic positioning to include batteries as a “spinning reserve,” a redundant power source for dynamically positioned vessels designed to fulfil IMO equipment class 2 or 3 for vessels with DP systems.

The West Mira is heading for operations on the Wintershall Dea-operated Nova field in the Norwegian North Sea.