The integration of steam bottoming cycles on oil platforms is often seen as a possible route to mitigate the CO2-emissions offshore. In this paper, a North Sea platform and its energy requirements are systematically analysed. The site-scale integration of steam networks is assessed by using thermodynamic and economic performance indicators. The results illustrate the benefits of converting the gas turbines into a combined cycle. Using seawater results in smaller power generation and greater CO2-emissions than using process water, as the additional power generation in the combined cycle is compensated by the significant pumping demand. This work emphasises that energy improvement efforts should be analysed at the scale of the overall site and not solely at the level of the combined cycle.
Proceedings of Ecos 2014, 27st International Conference on Efficiency, Cost, Optimization, Simulation and Environmental Impact of Energy Systems, 2014
Process integration; Steam cycles; Offshore platforms; Oil and gas
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ECOS 2014International Conference on Efficiency, Cost, Optimization, Simulation and Environmental Impact of Energy Systems