STAVANGER, Norway – Northern Lights JV DA, which is owned by Equinor, Shell, and TotalEnergies, has commissioned Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Co., Ltd. to build two CO2 carriers.
The 130-m (427-ft) long carriers will each have a cargo size of 7,500 cu m (264, 860 cu ft). Delivery is expected by mid-2024.
The vessels are designed to transport liquid CO2 with purpose-built pressurized cargo tanks. The primary fuel for the ships will be LNG. A wind assisted propulsion system and air lubrication will be installed to reduce carbon intensity by around 34% compared to conventional systems, the company claimed.
The DNV-classed ships will be registered in Norway and operated by Northern Lights under the Norwegian flag.
Once in operation, the ships will load captured and liquefied CO2 from European industrial emitters and transport it to the Northern Lights receiving terminal in Øygarden, western Norway, for intermediate storage.
The captured CO2 would then be transported by pipeline for permanent storage in a Norwegian North Sea reservoir at a subsurface depth of 2,600 m (8,530 ft).
Operations are scheduled to start in 2024.
Northern Lights represents the transport and storage component of Longship, the Norwegian government’s full-scale carbon capture and storage project.