A new interactive app, detailing every energy resource in the North Sea that can help to decarbonise offshore energy, has been launched by the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA).
Making the launch on 28 October, the OGA revealed it had collaborated with the Crown Estate and Crown Estate Scotland to create the app, which lists over 60 wind, wave and tidal sites on the UK Continental Shelf – either active or in-construction – along with recently awarded carbon capture and storage (CCS) licences and 489 petroleum licenses. The app details the proximity of existing oil and gas infrastructure to wind farms, electrical cables and CCS sites, which will assist in gauging the potential for reuse when decommissioning assessments are being made.
It will also enable potential locations for platform electrification, gas-to-wire schemes and green hydrogen production to be more readily found. The map data will store details about the infrastructure, which, when combined with spatial locations, can support a wide variety of activities, such as site survey cooperation, area planning, conflict resolution and disaster response. The app will be updated automatically as each of the organisations logs new information and marks the first time that the locations of all oil and gas and renewable sites have been presented together.