It is an unpalatable truth that all engineering and construction works, either onshore or offshore will have an environmental impact, during all the design, fabrication, and operational phases. Balancing the worldwide need for hydrocarbons with the desire to maximise the ESG benefits of an offshore development require a change in the way we approach both platform design and project implementation.
In this paper we highlight the main points in this approach to platform design, and the direct and indirect benefits gained. A case study is presented, where sustainability was at the core of both the clients desires but also in the design philosophy used. The outcome of this project and the benefits gained are also outlined.
The next steps to be considered in this philosophy are also discussed, where additional benefits gained from the use of Digital Twins can be leveraged to provide further potential reductions in the overall carbon footprint.