The UK North Sea oil and gas regulator has launched a £1 million (US$1.4 million) competition to help attract ideas for decarbonising offshore oil and gas production.

The competition, managed by the Oil & Gas Authority (OGA), is designed to bring forward widespread electrification of offshore installations on the UK continental shelf to replace more polluting conventional gas or diesel-fired generators.

The organisers said they are looking for studies — technical, engineering, and/or commercial — that will bring electrification projects a step closer to reality.