Nominations in for subsea CO2 storage

Five areas on the Norwegian shelf have been nominated for exploration for subsea reservoirs which might be suitable for storing carbon dioxide (CO2).

Offshore staff

OSLO, Norway – Five areas on the Norwegian shelf have been nominated for exploration for subsea reservoirs which might be suitable for storing carbon dioxide (CO2).

According to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD), several companies expressed interest to the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy by the deadline of October 4.

All operators on the Norwegian shelf were invited to suggest areas in the North Sea and Norwegian Sea that are open for petroleum activities, and where storage of CO2 is unlikely to conflict with petroleum activity.

NPD says the Ministry wants to give the industry access to areas for future storage of CO2 from the Mongstad refinery in Hordaland and any other sources. It also aims to further knowledge and insight regarding safe CO2 storage.

At the end of this year, NPD will present an atlas of potential CO2 storage locations in the North Sea.

“We currently have good experience with storage of CO2 on the Norwegian shelf,” said Eva Halland, NPD project manager and geologist. “CO2 from both the Sleipner Vest and Snøhvit fields is currently stored in subsea reservoirs.”

10/18/2011

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