Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Solar-powered gas platform makes North Sea debut

Royal Dutch Shell has started pumping gas from its new "Cutter" gas platform. The new platform, powered solely by two wind turbines and two solar panels, measures just eight metres square, half the size (and half the cost) of conventional installations.

Tom Botts, Shell's European VP for exploration and production, says it shows the company's commitment to environmentally sustainable design.

An alternative view is that it demonstrates Shell's desperation to keep pumping gas from rapidly declining fields. The smaller, more flexible platform design is key to Shell's ability to exploit increasingly marginal fields.


At 3:04 pm, Blogger Matt Burge said...

Yes, I go with your alternative view.

Still, leaping back to dry land. I do like all these ticket machines and bus shelters that we've had popping up around here recently, which have solar power incorporated into their design. More of that will no doubt come with cheaper panel costs.

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