The prospects of the UK’s carbon capture and storage ambitions being revived through a partnership with Norway is being strongly advocated by the Labour shadow energy minister Alan Whitehead.

Writing in the Business Green website, Whitehead said a real opportunity existed to assist the UK drive towards decarbonisation via CCS, and through working with Norway, doing so in a less expensive way.
Alan Whitehead MP
Heavily critical of the recent government decision to cancel funding the technology, Whitehead drew attention to the prospect of a possible international partnership ‘right in our backyard, or more precisely in the Norwegian zone of the North Sea oil fields.’

He said Statoil, the Norwegian state energy company with long experience in CCS activity, had outlined a project they were embarking on with the support and commissioning of the Norwegian government, namely to identify and establish a repository from among the depleted fields relatively close to the Norwegian coast.
Initial sequestration would be by ship, not by pipeline, and the facility is envisaged in the first instance as one to sequester emissions from Norwegian heavy industry, but Whitehead says the potential for some  collaboration to establish the full chain of capture, transport and sequestration, should not be ignored.

“It opens the prospect, with such co-operation, of the UK concentrating on establishing capture clusters that are within reach (by ship) of the chosen Norwegian field and are capable of exploring the commercial aspects of such clusters (such as hydrogen production and possible enhanced oil recovery) whilst a partner looks after the potentially more tricky issues around transportation and sequestration.”

“It would require some investment by the UK. But it would probably need far less investment than envisaged in the original plans for the pilot projects, and would, for that smaller level of investment, revitalise the CCS momentum in the UK.”