The UK Oil and Gas Technology Centre (OGTC) has announced that it will create a Net Zero Solution Centre to accelerate the development and deployment of decarbonisation technology in the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS).

The centre is intended to develop the UKCS as the world’s first net-zero oil and gas basin, in response to the UK and Scottish governments setting net-zero carbon targets in 2019, for 2050 and 2045 respectively.

The targets were set after the UK Committee on Climate Change published the Net Zero – The UK’s contribution to stopping global warming report in May 2019, which claimed that the UK can end its contributions to global warming within 30 years.

Scotland’s Minister for Energy Paul Wheelhouse said:  “We welcome the Oil & Gas Technology Centre’s plans and look forward to working with them to establish a new Net Zero Solution Centre.

“The Centre supports the sector’s ambition to become the first net-zero hydrocarbon basin in the world, a key element of a sustainable, secure and inclusive energy transition.”

OGTC CEO Colette Cohen said: “The UK offshore oil and gas industry is a dynamic system of infrastructure, supply chains, expert workforce, research activity and technology development and deployment. This diverse industrial ecosystem must play a fundamental role in the creation of a net-zero carbon economy.

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“With the backing of industry and government and strong track of delivery the OGTC is committed to moving the dial on carbon reduction and enabling the UK Continental Shelf to become the first net-zero hydrocarbon basin in the world.”

To aid the UKCS’ net-zero transition, the centre will partner with oil and gas companies and academic institutions to focus on the creation of an integrated offshore energy system.

The centre will work with industry and government to address the UK offshore oil and gas industry’s carbon emissions, developing technologies to help with carbon sequestration and hydrogen production.

The OGTC has the backing of a number of major oil and gas companies including BP, Shell, Wood, Chrysaor, Aker Solutions, INEOS, CNOOC, Total, Siemens and Equinor.

Cohen said: “Our focus will be on developing technologies to reduce operational carbon emissions, working with other parts of the energy sector to create integrated solutions and repurposing infrastructure to accelerate carbon capture usage and storage, hydrogen production and gas-to-wire capacity.

“We’re delighted to be working with a strong group of companies and look forward to adding new strategic partners to the Net Zero Solution Centre over the coming months.”