In the conceptual study of potential full-scale carbon capture and storage projects in Norway from 4 May 2015, Gassnova identified three industrial actors with relevant emission sources that were interested further participation in feasibility studies.
Gassnova has already signed a contract with Norcem concerning the cement factory in Brevik. The plan is to enter into similar agreements in the near future with Yara for the ammonia plant in Porsgrunn and with the Waste-to-Energy Agency in the City of Oslo concerning the waste incineration plant at Klemetsrud.
The objective of the feasibility studies is to identify at least one technically and financially feasible CCS chain. One of the activities this entails is to prepare a cost estimate for construction and operation with a range of uncertainty of +/- 40 per cent. This work is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2016.
"We are pleased that the Government has decided to initiate more detailed studies to explore the feasibility of full-scale CCS pilot plants in Norway. Capture and storage of CO2 from major emission sources will be a key part of the low-emission society," says Gassnova CEO Tore Amundsen.
The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy will have the ultimate responsibility for the feasibility study work. Gassnova will be responsible for the capture and storage part, while Gassco will be responsible for the transport part.