Norwegian state-owned carbon capture technology firm Gassnova has assigned multinational oil and gas company Statoil to evaluate the development of a full-scale carbon capture and storage (CCS) project on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS).

The project will capture CO2 from three onshore industrial facilities in eastern Norway and transport it by ship to an onshore receiving plant on the west coast of Norway.

The CO2 pumped from the ship to tanks onshore will be sent through pipelines on the seabed to several injection wells east of the offshore Troll field. It is also planned to include carbon sources from other countries later.

According to Statoil, the carbon storage facility could be the world’s first storage site to receive carbon dioxide from several industrial sources. The location for the receiving plant will be finalized based on criteria such as safety, costs and expansion flexibility.

Statoil’s New Energy Solutions executive vice president Irene Rummelhoff said: “The CCS project that has been assigned to us will require an entirely new collaboration model with carbon capture from several industrial sources, carbon transportation by ships, and carbon storage 1000-2000 metres below the seabed.

“In addition, this may be the start of the world’s first CCS network across national borders. Much work remains, but if we are successful, this may open new business opportunities both for Statoil, our collaboration partners and Norwegian industry.”

Projects such as the CCS could also provide CO2 injection solutions for companies that generate CO2 as a by-product during hydrogen production while process natural gas. In the next phase of the project, Statoil will take up in-depth concept and pre-engineering studies and arrive at accurate cost estimates.

The Norwegian CCS project is a collaboration project between onshore industry, government authorities and companies with offshore expertise. There are 21 full-scale CCS projects worldwide under development or in operations.

Image: The project will capture CO2 from three onshore industrial facilities in eastern Norway. Photo courtesy of Statoil ASA.