Klemetsrudanlegget, Norcem and Yara to continue studying carbon capture

Today marks the award of contracts by Gassnova to Klemetsrudanlegget, Norcem and Yara. All three will receive support for further studies of full scale carbon capture at their respective facilities.

'We are delighted that all three providers are going to remain on board. They represent three industries that will all need carbon capture and storage in future. This climate solution must be applied on a large scale globally if we are to achieve the targets set in the Paris agreement,' says Trude Sundset, CEO of Gassnova.

Feasibility studies from July 2016 show that carbon capture is technically possible at Norcem's cement factory in Brevik, at Yara's ammonia factory on Herøya and at the energy recovery plant at Klemetsrud. Going forward, the carbon capture facilities will planned in greater detail and with more accurate cost estimates. The basis for decisions should be complete by the autumn of 2018 so that any investment decisions can be taken by the Storting in the spring of 2019.

'CCS is an important part of the government's climate policy, and the government's ambition is to realise at least one full scale demonstration project for CCS. As far the government is concerned, it is self-evident that there is an industrial interest in the project. The award of contracts for further studies on carbon capture to three industrial operators is therefore an important next step,' says Terje Søviknes, Minister of Petroleum and Energy. 

Value chain

The plan is that carbon from one or more of these facilities will be transported by ship to intermediate storage. The carbon will subsequently be carried by pipeline to a store under the seabed in the North Sea. The Smeaheia area, to the east of the Troll gas field, and around 50 km offshore, has been chosen as the storage site. According to the schedule, a contract will be signed with an operator of the store before the summer. Statoil conducted the feasibility study that identified the Smeaheia area as an optimal storage site.

Industrial operators say:

'The world is being overwhelmed by poor waste management. In future, we can see the potential for up to 140 million tonnes of carbon being generated from burning waste in Europe. Waste is second only to power generation in terms of being the most important area to get to grips with. At Klemetsrud, we will be able to remove around 90 per cent of carbon using CCS, and we have a lot of biological waste. This means that we are carbon negative. This is completely unique to our project,' says Pål Mikkelsen, CEO of Klemetsrudanlegget.

'Norcem has a vision that our concrete products will be carbon neutral by 2030. CCS is absolutely vital if we are ever going to achieve this. Taking this seriously is also important to us as an industry too. We have an opportunity to be at the top of the game at our factory in Brevik,' says Per Brevik of Norcem.

'Carbon capture can become an important part of the solution for cutting industrial emissions, and through this project we have been granted a unique opportunity to contribute to developing a full scale chain for carbon capture and storage. Now that the award has been made, we are looking forward to the continued dialogue with the authorities, and as an industrial operator in a global market, it will be crucial that we put in place a good incentive scheme for construction and operation,' says Petter Østbø, Executive Vice President Production at Yara.

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