Maersk Drilling, a Danish rig operator is planning to convert the Maersk Intrepid platform into the first hybrid, low-emission offshore rig. The Maersk Intrepid is an ultra-harsh environment rig, built in 2014 and currently contracted to Equinor for operational support on the Martin Linge field offshore Norway.
According to Offshore Technology, Maersk Drilling plans to reduce NOx and CO2 emissions on the Maersk Intrepid through a series of upgrades, with the first expected to be completed in July 2019. The operations would include the installation of batteries, energy emission efficiency software to monitor energy use, and selective catalytic reduction systems to capture NOx exhausts.
Apparently, the company plans to fully implement all the low-emission upgrades by the end of 2019 and will use lessons learned from the Maersk Intrepid conversion to evaluate how to proceed with emissions reductions across its offshore portfolio.
According to Maersk CCIO Morten Kelstrup, “The Maersk Intrepid project is the result of asking a simple yet challenging question: What would be the most efficient technological approach to minimising emissions from a rig in the short term? It should be noted that the upgrades will not only produce a low-emission profile for the rig; they will also result in cost savings for our customer due to lower energy consumption, so this is business and low-emission targets working hand in hand.”
Meanwhile, the company has successfully applied for project funding through the Norwegian NOx Fund, which is contributing a grant of up to 80% of the project costs.