Energy Transition

SKK Migas approved Plan of Development for Ubadari Field and Vorwata CCUS at Tangguh LNG Project

The Tangguh PSC Partners, led by bp, have announced that SKK Migas has approved the Plan of Development for Ubadari Field and Vorwata Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage at Tangguh LNG Project in Papua Barat, Indonesia.

The new development adds an estimated potential additional recovery of 1.3 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of gas, from both Ubadari and Vorwata fields. Ubadari field development is fast-tracked as a result of the successful appraisal program and will be produced via Normally Unmanned Installations connected to the offshore pipeline to the Tangguh facility.

Meanwhile, the Vorwata CCUS development will see approximately 25 million tons of CO₂ injected back to the Vorwata reservoir to eliminate carbon venting and provide incremental gas production through enhanced gas recovery (EGR). The CO₂ injection will remove up to 90% of the reservoir-associated CO₂ currently representing nearly half of the Tangguh LNG emissions.

The Front-End Engineering and Design (FEED) for Ubadari field development and Vorwata CCUS will start in mid-2022 subject to Tangguh Partners' and further SKK Migas' approval, with an estimated project start-up in 2026 subsequent to a final investment decision.

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TotalEnergies, Shell Netherlands, EBN and Gasunie form partnership to develop an offshore CCS-project: Aramis

TotalEnergies, Shell Netherlands, Energie Beheer Nederland (EBN) and Gasunie have formed a partnership to enable large-scale CO₂ reduction for industrial clusters in the Netherlands.

Under the name Aramis, these parties will collaborate towards the development of new CO₂ transport infrastructure to enable offshore CO₂ storage Aramis is looking to take the final investment decision by 2023 with an operational start-up in 2026.

The project aims to make an important contribution to the CO₂ reduction targets for 2030, as laid down in the Dutch National Climate Agreement and the European Union's Green Deal.

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Noreco announces the CCS partnership Project Bifrost

Norwegian Energy Company ASA (Noreco) announced it has entered into a CCS partnership with Ørsted and DTU together with its partners in the Danish Underground Consortium (the 'DUC') on progressing CCS in the Danish North Sea. Project Bifrost will evaluate the potential for CO2 transport and storage at the Harald field in the Danish North Sea with an expected startup storage capacity of 3 million tons of CO2 per year (mt/pa).

The newly formed CCS partnership has applied for funding under the 'Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Programme (EUDP), a Danish public subsidy scheme, to develop and select the transport and storage concept for Project Bifrost. The project aims to reuse existing North Sea infrastructure while demonstrating CO2 storage in a depleted offshore gas field.

This will be matured towards a final investment decision (FID) if the application for funding and the following development and demonstration program proves successful.

The scope of the EUDP application includes a study to qualify the significant potential of utilizing additional DUC North Sea reservoirs as they become available, as well as the possibility to use the existing pipeline infrastructure connecting the DUC fields to Denmark. Reusing the pipeline infrastructure to the Danish shore could be a first step to connect to a future European cost and climate efficient CO2 transportation system.

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Chevrons energy transition strategy gathers momentum

Chevron, Caterpillar announce collaboration agreement on hydrogen

Chevron U.S.A. Inc. and Caterpillar Inc. announced a collaboration agreement to develop hydrogen demonstration projects in transportation and stationary power applications, including prime power.

The goal of the collaboration is to confirm the feasibility and performance of hydrogen for use as a commercially viable alternative to traditional fuels for line-haul rail and marine vessels. The collaboration also seeks to demonstrate hydrogen's use in prime power.

Linked to the collaboration, and facilitated by Progress Rail, a Caterpillar company, the parties also agreed to demonstrate a hydrogen-fueled locomotive and associated hydrogen-fueling infrastructure. Work on the rail demonstration will begin immediately at various locations across the United States.

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Chevron Agrees on Framework to Join Hydrogen Joint Venture with Magnum Development and Mitsubishi Power

Chevron U.S.A. Inc., through its Chevron New Energies division, announced it has agreed on a framework to acquire an equity interest in ACES Delta, LLC, which is a joint venture between Mitsubishi Power Americas Inc. and Magnum Development, LLC that owns the Advanced Clean Energy Storage project.

This project will produce, store and transport green hydrogen at a utility-scale for power generation, transportation and industrial applications in the western United States.
The joint venture is located in Delta, Utah, adjacent to the Intermountain Power Plant, which will use green hydrogen to produce electricity with lower lifecycle carbon emissions.

Future anticipated projects include the expansion of green hydrogen supply to other Western states and the construction of connecting hydrogen infrastructure to build a regional hydrogen production, transportation and supply network. Chevron is working to build demand for hydrogen - and the technologies that support it - in heavy-duty transportation and industrial sectors in which greenhouse gas emissions are hard to abate.

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Chevron, Enterprise Explore Carbon Storage Business Opportunities

Chevron U.S.A. Inc., through its Chevron New Energies division, and a subsidiary of Enterprise Products Partners L.P. announced a framework to study and evaluate opportunities for carbon dioxide (CO2) capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) from their respective business operations in the U.S. Midcontinent and Gulf Coast. The companies expect the initial phase of the study in which they will evaluate specific business opportunities to last about six months.

The companies have successfully worked together on prior business opportunities and believe they bring complementary capabilities to successfully pursue CCUS.

Projects resulting from the evaluation would seek to combine Enterprise's extensive midstream pipeline and storage network with Chevron's sub-surface expertise to create opportunities to capture, aggregate, transport and sequester carbon dioxide in support of the evolving energy landscape.

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Ørsted and T&T sign MoU on strategic collaboration for offshore wind projects in Vietnam

Ørsted and T&T Group, a leading Vietnamese cross-industry company, announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to launch a strategic collaboration on offshore wind in Vietnam.

The collaboration between Ørsted and T&T brings together a multi-GW pipeline of greenfield offshore wind projects located off the coasts of the Binh Thuan and Ninh Thuan provinces, Vietnam's most suitable areas for offshore wind development.

Both partners will apply their groups' joint capabilities to mature this offshore wind pipeline and work to support the development of an effective regulatory framework for offshore wind and vibrant new industry in Vietnam.

With more than 3,200 km of coastline and high consistent wind speeds, Vietnam has some of the best conditions for developing offshore wind in Asia. The World Bank Group estimates Vietnam's offshore wind potential to be up to 500 GW. In addition to this world-class potential, Vietnam's rapidly growing demand for power means there is an urgent need for new large-scale reliable power sources in the coming decades.

These factors, in combination with Vietnam's strong supply chain potential, have convinced Ørsted and T&T Group that offshore wind has a central role to play in Vietnam's future power mix.

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Norway - Announcement of areas related to CO2 storage

The Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (OED) has announced two new areas for the storage of CO2. The areas will utilize subsea reservoirs on the continental shelf for the transportation and storage of CO2, assisting with decarbonising CO2 emitting areas such as industrial clusters.

Pink zones on the two maps built-in MapStand's HUB define the allocated blocks for CO2 storage. One area is located in the Barents Sea near the Snohvit LNG plant CCS project. This area has recently been applied for by Horisont Energi who looks to capture CO2 from large-scale production of clean ammonia at the planned Barents Blue Plant facility in Hammerfest.

This storage project has been called 'Polaris' which is in cooperation with Equinor. The Barents Blue plant project is being led by the consortium of Horisont Energi, Equinor and Vår Energi. The other area sits in the Norwegian North Sea next to the awarded EL001 CO2 storage licence related to the Equinor led Northern Lights Project.

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More offshore wind power for the decarbonization of Germany as an industrial location - Ørsted and Uniper explore strategic partnership

Uniper and Ørsted have announced that they are working together in the form of a strategic partnership.

Both companies each have ambitious visions in the area of decarbonizing the industry to achieve the German climate targets. The transmission system operator TenneT stands ready as a partner to support them and, among other things, to realize the transport of wind power from sea to land. In a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), the companies Uniper and Ørsted have committed themselves to the goal of jointly developing offshore wind with hydrogen on a large scale.

This is to be achieved in particular through a system-serving direct integration of hydrogen production from offshore wind power at the Wilhelmshaven site.

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bp, ADNOC and Masdar to form strategic partnerships to provide clean energy solutions for the UK and UAETalos Energy Inc announced that along with its partner Carbonvert, Inc.

bp, ADNOC and Masdar have signed three agreements with the potential to lead to billions of dollars of investment into clean and low carbon energy, creating potentially thousands of energy jobs.
The first agreement would see the companies collaborate to initially develop 2GW of low carbon hydrogen across hubs in the UK and UAE, with the intention to expand as the project progresses.

Access to clean hydrogen - a critical fuel in the decarbonization of hard-to-abate industries - can reduce emissions, ‎enable new, low carbon products, and unlock future fuels. The latest announcement could enable a significant contribution towards the UK Government's target to develop 5GW of hydrogen production by 2030. It could also lead to the first international investment in the low carbon hydrogen facility in Teesside (H2Teesside), which aims to produce 1GW of blue hydrogen starting in 2027.

H2Teesside would capture and store up to two million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) a year through the Northern Endurance Partnership (NEP). The investment is expected to support thousands of jobs and stimulate economic growth. It is also expected to diversify and bolster local supply chains in both the UK and UAE.

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Avangrid Renewables and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners Announce Strategic Transaction to Advance Offshore Wind Development

Vineyard Wind 1 has become the first commercial-scale offshore wind farm in the US to achieve financial close. Vineyard Wind is a 50-50 joint venture between Avangrid Renewables, a subsidiary of AVANGRID, and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) with $2.3 billion raised for the construction of the 800MW project the largest investment in a single renewable project in the US.

Onshore work is set to commence this autumn in Barnstable, US, with offshore work commencing in 2022 and the first power is expected to be delivered to the grid in 2023. The project will generate electricity for more than 400,000 homes and businesses in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and is expected to reduce carbon emissions by more than 1.6 million tons per year.

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Vattenfall and TotalEnergies consortiums shortlisted to participate in the first floating offshore wind tender in France

Vattenfall together with partners wpd AG and BlueFloat Energy have prequalified for the upcoming 250MW first commercial floating offshore wind tender off the coast of South Brittany in France.

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A week later it was confirmed a second consortium consisting of TotalEnergies, Green Investment Group and Qair Group have also prequalified for the upcoming tender. The group already have experience working together in South Korea, the UK (Outer Dowsing) and France (Eolmed).

The project is expected to be awarded by the end of 2022. There is already four pilot floating offshore wind projects of ~30MW each under development in France with support from the French government

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