Norway’s CO2 could be stored east of Troll in the North Sea
Norwegian gas distributor Gassco has awarded conceptual carbon-dioxide transportation studies to Larvik Shipping and Brevik Engineering.
KOPERVIK, Norway – Norwegian gas distributor Gassco has awarded conceptual carbon-dioxide (CO2) transportation studies to Larvik Shipping and Brevik Engineering.
According to Gassco CEO Frode Leversund, CO₂ transport is part of Norway’s goal of developing a full-scale Norwegian solution forcarbon capture and storage.
Plans call for CO₂ to be shipped by sea from capture facilities in eastern Norway to intermediate storage on the west coast. From there the greenhouse gas would be piped to a subterranean store in the Smeaheia area of the North Sea, east of the Troll field and 50 km (31 mi) from the shore.
The studies are due to be completed in the fall, ahead of a decision on a full-scale project in late 2018. This would allow Norway’s Storting (parliament) to take a possible investment decision in spring 2019.
The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy commissioned Gassco to clarify the basis for ship transport of CO2 from the capture sites to the storage point.
Gassnova, the state-owned company for carbon-capture storage (CCS) projects, is responsible for incorporating this work into a complete CCS chain, alongside studies of capture and storage facilities.