Siemens Energy’s BlueDrive
DC-Grid technology was developed and refined over many years to meet the
offshore industry’s demanding energy distribution requirements, especially for
propulsion and drilling systems. It is an efficient, environmentally friendly
solution that provides high levels of reliability, availability, and ease of
service, with low emissions.
The Siemens Energy
BlueDrive DC-Grid solution consists of DC/DC converters connected to the
existing four drilling drive DC buses from one side and to DC/DC converters
connected to energy-storage systems. This allows platform operators to conduct
peak shaving of drilling loads, so fewer generator sets can run at higher and
steadier loads — reducing fuel consumption and carbon emissions, improving
sustainability, and minimizing a rig’s carbon footprint. Further, the solution
will increase the power plant's reliability by reducing blackouts, which will
prevent downtime and boost asset utilization.
In drilling applications, the Siemens Energy BlueDrive system will be an integral part of the entire drilling process, enhancing the drill string's performance when applying high torque during drilling operations.
The best quality of technology was a must. Also, the
Siemens Energy BlueDrive DC Grid system meets the five focus areas (E-RAMS) of
the offshore industry:
- Environmentally friendly, lowering carbon footprint
- Reliable solution with a high return on investment (ROI)
- Available power supply with no blackouts
- Maintenance predictable and at a low cost
- Safe operations are supporting zero-harm goals.
The scope awarded to Siemens Energy results from
several months of technical and operational clarifications to ensure the rigs'
optimal functional profile.
The long-term relationship and technology cooperation
between Odfjell Drilling and Siemens Energy also includes several R&D
initiatives related to power from shore or nearby platforms and floating
offshore windmills to fixed platforms or rigs.
These solutions will
complement the Siemens Energy DC Grid and BlueVault battery solution system and
provide customers with holistic approaches to solving their power challenges
that Siemens Energy can deliver entirely.