The exploitation permit given to the companies is the first for storage of CO2 on the Norwegian shelf. The Norwegian government has granted Total and its partners Equinor and Shell permission to develop CO2 storage near the Troll oil and gas field in the North Sea.
The storage project is part of the Norwegian government’s efforts to develop full-scale carbon capture and storage in Norway. It will capture CO2 from three onshore industrial facilities in the eastern part of the country, before transporting this CO2 by ship from the capture area to a receiving plant onshore located on the west coast of Norway.
At the receiving plant, CO2 will be pumped over from the ship to tanks onshore, before being sent through pipelines on the seabed to several injection wells east of the Troll field on the Norwegian Coastal Shelf (NCS). It is estimated that the first phase of this CO2 project could reach a capacity of approximately 1.5 million tons per year.
Speaking on the project, Kjell-Børge Freiberg, Minister of Petroleum and Energy commented:
“The government has the ambition to realize a cost-effective solution for full-scale carbon capture and storage in Norway, given that this will result in international technology development. The companies’ effort to mature a storage solution is a prerequisite for a successful project”
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