DNV GL suggests new EOR concept: wind powered water injection

DNV GL studies suggest there are opportunities for a new generation of autonomous injection systems used to increase the reservoir pressure. There are clear indications that such a wind-powered water injection system could reduce both CAPEX and OPEX and drive innovation of new technology. It could be installed without costly retro-fittings on the platform, provide access to systems normally located subsea, increase the flexibility of injection location and reduce the installation time. The system would also be possible easy to move and use at new locations after the closure of a well or field. “We want to take this concept further together with both the wind energy and O&G industries and invite them to participate in a Joint Industry Project (JIP) to carry out an in-depth study — ‘WIN WIN – WINd powered Water Injection’. The combination of the two technologies can open up an era of synergies and mutual benefit for both industries”, said Johan Sandberg, Service Line Leader – Offshore Renewable Energy at DNV GL.
DNV GL’s concept intends to integrate the compressor and water treatment equipment into the sub-structure of a floating wind turbine. Wind power can be used with a variety of water injection technologies, ranging from raw seawater injection as the simplest to LowSal water injection (low salinity water from a reverse osmosis process) as the most complex.
“Our studies show that such a stand-alone system can quickly become cost competitive to traditional solutions for injection wells far from the platform, and even more when one considers the retrofitting water injection equipment into an existing facility and cope with the disruptions that this modification can have on production. Operators can obtain a new and cost-efficient way to develop marginal reservoirs and enhance production in mature fields. Traditional injection systems normally have a significant CAPEX investment, CO2 tax, and exposure to fuel costs, and hence provide a substantial incentive for assessing alternative solutions,” said Christian Markussen, Subsea Business Development Leader at DNV GL – Oil & Gas.