Dutch floater specialist SBM Offshore is partnering Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) to capture carbon dioxide from floating production, storage and offloading vessels’ onboard gas turbines.

SBM said on Friday that the partnership agreement “follows a successful engineering and design study between the companies demonstrating the technical feasibility and commercial readiness of CO2 capture technology offshore”.

It said the technology could reduce emissions from overall FPSO operations by up to 70%.

The technology, being developed as part of SBM Offshore’s emissionZERO programme, is based on a combination of MHI’s proprietary CO2 capture technology, jointly developed with Kansai Electric Power Company, and SBM’s Fast4ward standardised hull and modular topsides programme.

Olivier Icyk, managing director of floating production solutions at SBM, described the technology as “an essential solution to substantially reduce the carbon footprint” of floating production units.

“We are pleased to partner up with MHI, a top player whose carbon capture technology perfectly complements our leading experience in floating energy solutions,” he said.

Kenji Terasawa, chief executive and head of engineering at MHI, said the combined offering “will be an important step towards decarbonisation of offshore greenhouse gas emissions from FPSOs”.

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