A breakthrough in emissions reductions
The Johan Sverdrup field is powered from shore, which means that the field has one of the lowest CO2 emissions from production of any other oil and gas field in the world.
The world will depend on oil and gas as a source of energy for decades to come, even well within a two-degree scenario. Oil is needed for transportation, in food production and for the production of plastics and other products we use every day.
But the world’s oil and gas production is already falling. Even in a low-carbon scenario, the world will still need new oil supplies equivalent to 20 times Norway’s oil production today, in 2035. And with one of the world’s lowest carbon emissions from production, Johan Sverdrup will become one of the important oil fields for securing enough energy for a growing world.
The Johan Sverdrup field is powered by power from shore, which means that the field has the lowest CO2 emissions from production of any other oil and gas field in the world. The average emissions from oil and gas production from Johan Sverdrup are only 0.67 kg CO2 per barrel. By comparison, the average emissions from fields on the Norwegian continental shelf are 9 kg CO2 per barrel, and the corresponding figure for emissions globally is 18 kg CO2 per barrel.
In the second phase of the development, the Johan Sverdrup field will also supply land power to other fields on the Utsira High, including Edvard Grieg, Gina Krog and Ivar Aasen. Emissions savings from Johan Sverdrup alone are estimated at more than 620,000 tonnes of CO2 on average each year, which is equivalent to emissions to more than 310,000 passenger cars.