DNV GL intros a promising new concept for wind-powered water injection

DNV GL Win-Win project

DNV GL’s WIN WIN concept uses a floating wind-turbine foundation that also serves as a platform for a water-injection system.

DNV GL has proposed a concept called WIN WIN to better match floating wind-turbine technology with the oil industry’s need for water injection to maximize oil recovery.

WIN WIN, which stands for WINd- powered Water INjection, comprises a floating turbine that supplies power to a water injection process. It is a fully stand-alone system that includes pumps and basic water treatment.

To evaluate the concept, participants from the renewable and oil and gas industries have worked together for the past year. DNV GL-led WIN WIN JIP to develop the concept of using floating wind turbines to power a water injection system in detail, and assess its technical and commercial feasibility. Technical and operational aspects and costs have been assessed.

The JIP partners include ExxonMobil, ENI Norge, Nexen Petroleum UK Ltd., Statoil, VNG Norge, PG Flow Solutions and ORE Catapult.

Green light for wind-powered oil recovery
The project has demonstrated that for suitable fields, wind-powered water injection is technically feasible, meets the oil industry’s performance targets, and offers a cost-competitive solution.

The WIN WIN project successfully demonstrates how recent developments in floating offshore wind turbines offer a clean, reliable, and cost-effective alternative for powering water injection in offshore locations. It also opens the door to a new collaboration between two major energy industries by using wind turbines to power water injection in a fully stand-alone system.

WIN WIN is technically feasible and a wind-powered water injection system meets the industry’s technical, functional and commercial requirements, offering a realistic alternative with unique benefits. A summary of the findings can be found in the project report, which readers can register for here.

 

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