SBM and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Join Forces for FPSO Carbon Capture
Posted 15/09/2023 13:08
SBM Offshore has entered into a partnership with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) to offer a cutting-edge solution for capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) on floating production storage and offloading units (FPSOs). This collaboration aims to potentially reduce CO2 emissions from FPSOs by as much as 70%.
MHI will implement its Advanced KM CDR Process technology, specifically designed to capture CO2 emitted by onboard gas turbines. SBM, through its emissionZERO program focused on minimizing the environmental impact of offshore activities, is working to integrate MHI's capture technology with its Fast4ward initiative.
Oliver Icyk, Managing Director for Floating Production at SBM, considers this partnership a significant advancement for the emissionZERO program. He stated that the technology now available to clients is pivotal in significantly diminishing the carbon footprint of FPSOs. SBM's extensive experience in floating energy solutions aligns seamlessly with MHI's carbon capture expertise.
Kenji Terasawa, CEO and Head of Engineering at MHI, highlighted that combining these technologies will accelerate the growth of offshore carbon capture ventures, ultimately contributing to the achievement of a carbon-neutral society.
SBM's Fast4ward program is focused on streamlining the construction process of FPSOs, aiming to reduce both time and costs by leveraging standardization and optimizing the supply chain. FPSOs are already recognized for their potential to reduce emissions by approximately 40% compared to industry averages.
SBM's Almirante Tamandaré FPSO in Brazil is set to utilize close flare technology, which is expected to bring emissions down to less than 10 kilograms of CO2 per barrel.
The pursuit of carbon capture technology in offshore operations is not exclusive to SBM. Aker Carbon Capture began developing its Just Catch Offshore technology in 2018, and in October 2022, DNV approved its design.