North Sea Offshore 2019 – Seizing the opportunities of energy transition

North Sea Offshore 2019 – Seizing the opportunities of energy transition

The fact that clean and sustainable energy is of paramount importance for the survival of the planet is no longer up for discussion. The Dutch government has entered into an Energy Agreement with the major players in the energy sector, stating that by 2050, all Dutch energy must be green. Not only is this transition very costly, the possibilities on land are limited. Let’s face it, not many people want a wind turbine in their back yard, and placing them all over the countryside would not exactly enhance the scenery. So we turn to the North Sea, which offers a wide array of opportunities to achieve both the Dutch Energy Agreement goals and the 2015 Paris Agreement to fight climate change. The fifth edition of North Sea Offshore (NSO) in Den Helder, on 6 June, offered the perfect setting for various experts from the energy sector to discuss the theme of ‘the offshore of tomorrow’ and to outline how opportunities in the North Sea should be seized in the context of the energy transition.

Area development with operational safety as an essential precondition

During the annual NSO event for the offshore industry, multiple speakers shared their insights. Lex de Groot from Neptune Energy stated that offshore natural gas production offers the Netherlands numerous advantages over imported gas, such as a smaller CO2 footprint, strengthening our energy independence and maintaining employment. This view was largely shared by Richard Brakenhoff from Rabobank, who claimed that even though the playing field is changing, it still remains financially interesting to invest in the production of gas in the North Sea.

Maarten van IJcken, Commercial Manager of NAM Offshore, showed how the current offshore infrastructure can be reused for CCS and hydrogen. Bram du Saar from the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, and Sjaco Pas from the Coast Guard discussed new blue energy sources and their synergy with, and impact on wind farms, spatial planning and other nautical users in the North Sea. According to Du Saar, it is all about thinking more in terms of area development with operational safety as an essential precondition.

Keeping costs at bay to protect end users

It is safe to conclude that there are indeed countless opportunities to be seized. However, the fact remains that all of them are associated with vast expense, and the competition is killing. The main goal is to reduce the costs as much as possible, while maintaining safety remains the top priority. Offshore Boarding is a pioneer in the field of innovative solutions to help achieve this goal. Not only do our products significantly reduce project costs – while keeping operational safety the number one priority –, they also ensure sustainability because they are powered by solar panels.

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