Techno-Economic Evaluation of the Sizing and Operation of Battery Storage for Isolated Oil and Gas Platforms with High Wind Power Penetration
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According to the plans of one of the global oil and gas (O&G) industry leaders, the integration of offshore wind power into offshore O&G platforms will become reality within the next three years. Although this implementation is going to set the standards for a cleaner platform operation, the intermittency of wind power generation does not favor the provision of scheduled constant and reliable power for the loads. To cope with this limitation, this paper proposes a configuration that integrates a Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) in the O&G platform. The manuscript focuses on how to appropriately size the BESS through a techno-economic study that considers both investment and operation costs, along with the possibility for economic benefits in terms of fuel savings and CO2 emissions reductions. The results, obtained using aggregated field data from a real platform, indicate that the sized BESS enables fuel savings and higher levels of wind power penetration. This confirms the intuition that BESSs may positively contribute towards renewable-based offshore O&G platforms.