Tuesday, March 13, 2018

United Kingdom: Decommissioned Oil or Gas Platforms Could be Repurposed to Produce Geothermal Energy

Geothermal power: an alternate role for redundant North Sea platforms? (Offshore Magazine)

Natural energy source could also enhance oil recovery

Traditionally, once an oil or gas field reaches the end of its productive life, its production platform is decommissioned. The structure may be removed and taken ashore for recycling/reuse, or part of the platform may remain on the seabed, perhaps creating an artificial reef. However, another alternative is becoming a more viable option – re-using the platform to extract geothermal energy. If applied to redundant platforms in the North Sea, this could create a whole new industry employing thousands of workers in new productive jobs in the offshore and onshore support sectors.