As fossil fuels are expected to be part of the global energy mix for decades to come, HMH is committed to making the oil and gas industry more sustainable.

HMH is a premier drilling solution provider coming out of the merger combining MHWirth, a leading offshore drilling solution provider, and Baker Huges SDS, a leading subsea pressure control provider.

“Sustainability in our industry is all about contributing to lowering emissions per barrel produced. In other words, we must ensure that oil and gas is extracted and transported as efficiently as possible,” says Pål Skogerbø, heading up the initiatives in HMH.

The company’s approach to a more sustainable oil and gas production is to offer leading technology and services that make drilling operations more efficient, and thus contribute to less energy consumption and reduced CO2 emissions for their customers.

AUTOMATION OF REPETITIVE PROCESSES
The environmental footprint of a drilling rig is largely related to time. If we can complete drilling of a well in say 60 days instead of 90 days, we will contribute to a significant fuel reduction and thus less emissions per barrel produced – not to mention large cost savings,” says Skogerbø.

HMH has developed tools for automation of repetitive processes on the drillfloor, such as automated tripping with CADS. CADS by HMH is a system that helps achieve increased performance and consistency by reducing the human factor in repetitive tasks and preventing human errors. Another system – Drillers Assist – responds automatically to avoid unplanned, costly incidents in the well operation.

HYBRID SOLUTIONS
Innovation initiatives to reduce the overall environmental footprint of drilling operations also include hybrid solutions, which again reduces fuel consumption per time unit.

“Hybrid solutions, which includes battery technology, allows for a more efficient conversion of diesel to electricity. With batteries, we manage to stabilize the load on the generators. Generators are typically most efficient when operating stable at above 60 per cent capacity. Whenever more or less power is needed for a short period of time, the batteries flatten the generator curves by utilizing surplus power for charging, and by supplying extra power when needed. As a result, fuel consumption is typically reduced by 10-15 per cent, as are CO2 emissions,” says Skogerbø.

DIGITAL WORK PROCESSES
Digitizing of work processes on drilling rigs is yet another way to save time, cost and reduce the environmental footprint. By including all systems and work processes in the same digital system, efficiency increases and emissions are reduced.

«Digitizing information flow and work processes allows for more systems to be remotely supervised and controlled. Thus, experts do not necessarily have to be present on the rig. This is a recent initiative called beAware that has yet to be rolled out, but we currently have solutions in pilot. We see a potential for reducing staffing on the rigs by up to 30 percent, which will of course have major environmental benefits,” says Skogerbø.

Digitization and automation have been high on the HMH agenda since 2014. The last couple of years clients have become increasingly more interested, as a result of increased focus on ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance).

“We believe that companies, such as HMH, that support customers improve their ESG profile will have a competitive advantage. We are at the point where ‘doing the right thing’ is also good for business,” says Skogerbø.

GCE NODE and two other business clusters have developed a series of webinars that addresses how to raise capital for start-ups.

Scheduled for November 3-11, the course consists of eight stand-alone modules, each 45 minutes long. The course is free of charge for GCE NODE participants.

“Finding money is always a challenging task for start-ups. We offer a series of webinars that addresses this topic and suggests paths for raising the necessary capital. I believe that entrepreneurs will find this both interesting and useful,” says Ida Andersen, Finance Manager at GCE NODE.

The course Kapitalstrategi (Capital Strategy) is designed to provide the management, board of directors and owners the competence and knowledge necessary to find, negotiate and select the right capitalization for their company.

Webinar titles include “The search for capital”, “Strategic Communication”, “Crowdfunding” and “Investor Pitch & Entrepreneur Pitch”.

GCE NODE, Solenergiklyngen and Vital infrastruktur arena (VIA) are the three business cluster that have cooperated to produce the course. Participation is free of charge for companies in any of these clusters.

Read more and sign up at www.kapitalstrategi.no

Technology can help us reach the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, but probably not by 2030.

“We are moving too slow,” said Sverre Alvik, Head of DNV’s Energy Transition Outlook. He was one of the keynote speakers at the first edition of the conference Global Impact: Technology That Saves the World in Kristiansand Wednesday.

Talking about how technology can combat climate change and secure clean energy for all, Alvik concluded: “Yes, renewable energy is increasing, development of hydrogen is ongoing and carbon capture technology is improving. But not fast enough. We believe the world is on a trajectory which will result in a 2.3 degrees temperature increase in 2100,” said Alvik.

Sverre Alvik, Head of DNV’s Energy Transition Outlook, was one of the keynote speakers.

Presented by the City of Kristiansand, The Norwegian Oil & Gas Association, GCE NODE, Business Region Kristiansand, Kristiansand Chamber of Commerce and Sparebanken Sør, the conference discussed and showed how technology can help us reach the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Three SDGs were addressed during this year’s conference: No Poverty (SDG 1), Affordable and Clean Energy (SDG 7), and Climate Action (SDG 13).

“To succeed, we must combine various fields of expertise and undertake global ambitions. I am so pleased that this is the focus for this conference,” said Mari Sundli Tveit, CEO of The Research Council of Norway.

Mari Sundli Tveit, CEO of The Research Council of Norway.

She addressed SDG 1 No Poverty and started off by telling the story of Norman Borlaug, a descendant of Norwegian immigrants to the United States. Borlaug led world-wide initiatives that contributed to extensive increases in agricultural production. He is considered by many to be the father of the Green Revolution, and he is credited with saving more than one billion people worldwide from starvation. For his work, Borlaug was awarded the Nobel’s Peace Price in 1970.

Even though Borlaug, through technology, made it possible to extract more produce from the Earth, people continued – and still continue – to suffer and die from starvation. There is food enough for all, but distribution is a problem.

PROOF IN THE PANDEMIC
“The pandemic has shown what humankind is capable of. In record time we produced an effective vaccine based on years of international basic research. Covid is proof that we can solve great problems if we stand together. But again, we fail to include the whole world in these breakthroughs. In Africa, only 4 per cent of the population is fully vaccinated as we speak,” said Tveit.

“Distribution of technology and resources seems to be a repetitive problem. If we fail to include all people and nations in a joint solution, Covid could come back and bite us again,” said Tveit.

She defined combating poverty as a global challenge and predicted that failure to address this challenge will lead to new wars, mass migration, suffering – but also saw it as a missed opportunity to utilize the human resources in a population that has no access to education.

DON’T BLAME THE TECH PEOPLE
Espen Barth Eide, the former Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs, addressed the conference with an optimistic view on technology and how technology can save the world.

“I am a strong believer in technology. If we were to wake up one morning and realize that we didn’t succeed, it will not be the fault of our engineers or innovators. It will be because the politics failed,” said Eide.

Espen Barth Eide, former Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs.