Northern Lights will be the first of its kind – an open and available infrastructure enabling transport of CO2 from industrial capture sites to a terminal in Øygarden for intermediate storage before being transported by pipeline for permanent storage in a reservoir 2600 meters under the seabed.
The project is the transport and storage component of Longship, the Norwegian Government’s full-scale carbon capture and storage project.
Named ‘Longship’, the funding package will see the implementation of the first full-scale CCS project in the world. It follows decades of research and pilot projects and marks a major step forward for this critical climate mitigation technology for Norway, Europe and the world.
“There are about twenty CCUS sites in the world, which capture 30 to 40 million tonnes of CO2 per year,” explain Florence Delprat-Jannaud and Paul Broutin, specialists in these matters at IFP – Énergies nouvelles (IFPEN), “To meet the objectives of the Paris agreement, it would be necessary to increase to 2000 sites and 3 billion tonnes recovered per year in 2050.”
IFPEN laboratories are betting on CO2 capture and storage to decarbonise heavy industry. Report from Solaize, near Lyon, where two pilots projects have made it possible to validate processes being deployed on demonstrators.
Progress has today been made on the Northern Lights project with indicative results from the drilling at the project site and respect areas showing suitable for carbon dioxide (CO2) storage.
It is one of the technologies acclaimed by the International Energy Agency to reduce greenhouse gas emissions: the capture and storage of CO2.
Indispensable to fight against global warming, the capture and storage of CO2, or CCS, must reinvent its economic mode.
The world number one in steel is multiplying industrial demonstrators aiming to trap or recycle the CO2 from its blast furnaces. Its ambition is to achieve carbon neutrality in Europe by 2050.