French supermajor Total and German contractor Siemens Energy have teamed up to study sustainable solutions for carbon dioxide emissions reductions, with a focus on liquefied natural gas facilities and associated power generation.

Total is, behind Anglo-Dutch peer Shell, the world's second-largest privately owned LNG player with a global portfolio of nearly 50 million tonnes per annum by 2025 and a global market share of around 10%.

All-electric liquefaction

Each company will bring technologies and expertise to deliver industrial-stage solutions such as the combustion of clean hydrogen in gas turbines, competitive all-electrical liquefaction, optimised power generation, the integration of renewable energy in liquefaction plants’ power systems and their efficiency enhancement.

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“This collaboration with Siemens Energy, a major player in the energy technology sector, brings many opportunities to further reduce the carbon footprint of our activities, especially in our strategic LNG business,” said Arnaud Breuillac, Total’s president exploration & production.

“The development of low-carbon LNG will contribute to meet the growth in global energy demand whilst reducing the carbon intensity of the energy products consumed. Reducing its carbon footprint is essential for LNG to play its role fully in the energy transition.”

Total has interests in liquefaction projects in nations including Qatar, Australia, the US, Russia, Norway, Oman and the United Arab Emirates.

“We are pleased to partner with Total as one of the main players in the LNG value chain to explore how we can competitively reduce the carbon footprint of brownfield and greenfield LNG projects,” said Thorbjorn Fors, executive vice president of the industrial applications division at Siemens Energy.

“The agreement is a next step, following our announcement last June to collaborate together and conduct studies exploring possible liquefaction and power generation plant designs to help decarbonise the production of LNG.”