Shell and Total are joining Statoil in a project to mature the development of carbon storage on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS).
In June, Gassnova awarded Statoil the contract for a project to develop a CO2 storage site to the east of the Troll oil field in the North Sea. The project will capture up to 1.5 million tons of CO2 per year, and will also stimulate investment in the wider carbon capture and storage (CCS) industry, Statoil said.
“Statoil believes that without carbon capture and storage, it is not realistic to meet the global climate target as defined in the Paris Agreement,” said Irene Rummelhoff, Statoil’s executive vice president for New Energy Solutions. “A massive scale up of number of CCS projects are needed and collaboration and sharing of knowledge are essential to accelerating the development.”
Total E&P Norge and Norske Shell are now entering the project as equal partners. The project has the potential to become the first storage site in the world to receive CO2 from industrial sources in several countries.
“Total is integrating the climate challenge into its strategy. Total’s involvement in this first commercial-scale storage project, is thus fully aligned with our low carbon roadmap and our strategy to ultimately become a global CCUS leader,” said Philippe Sauquet, President, Gas, Renewables & Power and President, Strategy-Innovation at Total. “The aim of this first integrated industrial-scale project, supported by the Norwegian government, is to develop viable, reproducible commercial CCUS model in view of carrying out other major projects around the world.”
The storage project will receive CO2 from onshore industrial facilities in eastern Norway, with captured CO2 transported by ship to a receiving terminal on Norway’s western coast. At the receiving terminal CO2 will be transferred from the ship to intermediate storage tanks, prior to being sent through a pipeline on the seabed to injection wells east of the Troll field on the NCS.