French supermajor Total is studying the possibility of using renewable energy generated from wind farms to power its Culzean facilities in the UK North Sea and its Tyra platforms in the Danish sector in a bid to cut carbon emissions.

The work, revealed this week by Arnaud Breuillac, Total's president of exploration and production, forms part of a commitment by Total to cut its operational emissions ­— known as Scope 1 and 2 emissions — at its operated oil and gas projects by 40% by 2030, with an "ambition" to get to net zero by 2050.

The executive said Total has identified 160 projects or initiatives that can contribute to reducing the Scope 1 and 2 emissions of upstream operations by 2.5 million tonnes per annum of carbon dixoide by 2025.

Studies

We are studying the electrification of offshore platforms on Culzean and Tyra in the North Sea with connection to wind power turbines,” Breuillac said during a presentation following the company’s annual results this week.

Breuillac did not go into further detail about the Culzean or Tyra plans and a Total spokesman also declined to elaborate further.

Also under consideration is the use of solar power at the Tempa Rossa development in Italy.

Meanwhile, there are also plans to reduce gas venting at operations in Gabon and to cut flaring in Nigeria.

Total plans to halt all routine flaring by 2030 at its operated assets.

Culzean scheme

The $4 billion high-pressure, high temperature Culzean gas and condensate development, which provides about 5% of the UK’s gas consumption, started production in the UK central North Sea in 2019.

In November last year, Total’s confirmed that start-up of the politically important $3 billion redevelopment of the Tyra field in the Danish sector of the North Sea had been postponed by a year to the second quarter of 2023 after the Covid-19 pandemic took its toll on construction work.

Last year, Total acquired a 51% stake in SSE's under-development Seagreen 1 offshore wind farm project located 30 kilometres off the UK coast for about $3.7 billion.

Emissions plans: Total president for exploration and production Arnaud Breuillac Photo: TOTAL