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Powering the UK’s energy future

We’re the Norwegian energy partner that is supporting the UK’s energy transition.

We believe the energy transition requires investment, innovation and a broad mix of energy sources, from low carbon gas and oil to wind and hydrogen, to assure reliable, affordable, sustainable energy.

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Destination Zero:

Realising a low-carbon future

Hosted by James Murray, BusinessGreen Editor. In this new podcast series, we explore what the UK needs to do to achieve net zero by 2050, and the projects currently in development in the North East of England that will help deliver this goal.

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Climate ambitions

We’re going for net zero, but what does that really mean?

Business as usual is no longer an option because society has to move faster towards a net-zero future. Climate change presents a fundamental challenge to society. It is a shared challenge, and our industry can play an important role. Equinor aims to become a leading company in the energy transition.

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Offshore wind

How can 5 million homes run on nothing but fresh air?

The UK Government has an ambition to achieve 40GW of offshore wind by 2030, and has been advised by the Climate Change Committee that in order to reach net zero, up to 100GW of offshore wind will be needed by 2050.

Equinor is a global leader in offshore wind and is using its expertise in offshore energy to drive forward innovation in the North Sea, and help the UK reach its net zero targets.

Collaborating with others across industry, Equinor is taking a leading role in the Offshore Wind Sector Deal, a pathway to achieving the Government’s ambition to quadruple offshore wind capacity by 2030.

Equinor is the global leader in floating offshore wind, an exciting technology with huge global potential as it opens up access to deeper waters, with higher wind speed. Hywind Scotland, the world’s first floating wind farm, has consistently outperformed other UK wind farms, achieving the highest average capacity factor three years in a row since its operations began. This technology has been developed building on Equinor’s oil and gas expertise and has paved the way for the UK Government’s commitment to 1GW of floating offshore wind to be developed in the UK by 2030.

Decades of operating experience in the demanding conditions in the North Sea has given Equinor unparalleled insight and knowledge that is transferable to offshore wind projects. The North Sea region will play a key contribution in Equinor’s global ambition to reach an installed net renewables capacity of 12-16 GW by 2030. Two-thirds of this capacity will be within offshore wind.

Low-carbon solutions

Is it high time for hydrogen in the UK?

We are linking hydrogen and carbon capture projects in two of the UK’s largest industrial clusters to shared CO2 storage in the UK North Sea.

95%

At least 95% efficiency in capturing CO2 when producing blue hydrogen

45%

In 2050 the UK could need enough hydrogen to meet 45% of total energy demand*.

World’s First Net Zero Cluster

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This content was paid for and produced by Equinor in partnership with the commercial department of the Financial Times.

How is the UK’s east coast becoming the heart of the global energy revolution?

Equinor is part of three projects that will link up to drive down emissions on the UK’s east coast. Together they are a giant step to Britain’s goal of zero carbon emissions by 2050, becoming a world leader in hydrogen and low carbon, and safeguarding high-value jobs and creating thousands of new ones.

All three make use of Equinor’s decades of experience in carbon capture and storage (CCS) and hydrogen production and also the diversity of the UK’s industrial heartlands.

The Humber estuary is at the heart of the UK’s largest industrial region which is also the most carbon-intensive – emitting 1½ times more CO2 than the next largest region. Equinor’s H2H Saltend  project will from the mid-2020s supply low carbon hydrogen to local industry, and power, and we are planning to build further hydrogen production capacity in the Humber by the end of the decade. It’s the starting point for creating a Zero Carbon Humber by 2040, with hydrogen and CO2 pipelines connecting to power stations and industrial sites in the region.

With partners in Net Zero Teesside , Equinor is working to decarbonise the Teesside industrial cluster with carbon capture. CO2 emissions from both the Humber and Teesside will be transported through pipelines to permanent storage, both developed by Northern Endurance Partnership, making use of the substantial storage potential deep under the UK North Sea.

*(Source: Aurora Energy Research, Hydrogen for a Net Zero GB: an integrated energy market perspective)

Oil and gas

Contributing towards reliable energy supplies

Equinor is taking a leading role in the energy transition by becoming net zero by 2050. By cutting emissions from oil and gas production and developing new technology that accelerates decarbonisation, we can contribute to net zero and be a relevant company in the future.

In the UK, we are leveraging digitalisation and technology to drive new ways of working with our offshore developments. Technology is providing new opportunities to keep people safe, create value and reduce carbon emissions.

The Mariner field, our first operated development in the UK North Sea, is one of our most innovative offshore developments. Equinor is at the forefront of applying new digital solutions and the latest technologies. We are testing new ground through our offshore digital workers, automated drilling and the use of Echo, a digital copy of the platform, to deliver safe and efficient solutions.

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2019

Production started on Mariner

USD 7.7 billion

Gross investment

500

Mariner supports over 500 jobs