Statoil to evaluate prospects for pioneering CCS plant

Statoil has won a contract from carbon capture technology firm Gassnova to evaluate the prospects for a project on the Norwegian continental shelf.

The Norwegian state-owned Gassnova has assigned the multinational oil and gas company Statoil to evaluate the development of a full-scale carbon capture and storage (CCS) project on the Norwegian continental shelf.

Energy Business Review reports that the project will capture CO2 from three onshore industrial facilities in eastern Norway and transport it by ship to an onshore receiving plant on the west coast of Norway.
Norway CCS project
The CO2 pumped from the ship to tanks onshore will be sent through pipelines on the seabed to several injection wells east of the offshore Troll field. It is also planned to include carbon sources from other countries later.

The carbon storage facility could be the world’s first storage site to receive carbon dioxide from several industrial sources, according to Statoil. The location for the receiving plant will be finalized based on criteria such as safety, costs and expansion flexibility.

Statoil’s New Energy Solutions executive vice president Irene Rummelhoff said: “The CCS project that has been assigned to us will require an entirely new collaboration model with carbon capture from several industrial sources, carbon transportation by ships, and carbon storage 1000-2000 metres below the seabed.”

“In addition, this may be the start of the world’s first CCS network across national borders. Much work remains, but if we are successful, this may open new business opportunities both for Statoil, our collaboration partners and Norwegian industry.”

Projects such as the CCS could also provide CO2 injection solutions for companies that generate CO2 as a by-product during hydrogen production while processing natural gas. In the next phase of the project, Statoil will take up in-depth concept and pre-engineering studies and arrive at accurate cost estimates.

There are 21 full-scale CCS projects worldwide under development or in operations.

The news is a positive one for the technology in a week that saw the suspension of the spend work on the carbon capture portion of the $7.5bn power plant in Kemper, Mississippi, US. The project was three years behind schedule, $4bn over its projected budget and unable to economically achieve its task of capturing carbon emissions from coal.

In a further blow,à‚ European power giants Engie and Uniper withdrew from a test project to capture and store carbon dioxide generated by one of several major new coal plants in the Netherlands. The companies told the Dutch government they no longer intended to participate in the Rotterdam-based ROAD CCS project,à‚ the biggest of its kind in Europe.à‚ 

Holland’s economic affairs Minister Henk Kamp said in a statement he would “examine whether legal steps can be taken to recoup” unspecified subsidies paid to the companies if they had not changed their minds by mid-September. He added that the Netherlands would continue to commit to CCS.

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