Norway/Germany – Equinor and Wintershall Dea agreed to build a CCS value chain connecting European CO2 emitters to Norwegian offshore storage installations. Prior to 2032, a 900-kilometer-long open access pipeline is intended to link the CO2 storage facilities in Norway with the hub for CO2 collection in Northern Germany.
It is anticipated to have a capacity of 20 to 40 million tonnes of CO2 annually, which is equal to around 20% of all industrial emissions in Germany. The project will also take into account an early deployment option in which CO2 will be shipped from the CO2 export hub to the storage locations.
Additionally, Wintershall Dea and Equinor intend to apply jointly for offshore CO2 storage permits with the goal of storing 15 to 20 million tonnes of CO2 annually on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.
The Norwegian-German (NOR-GE) CCS project seeks to build the infrastructure and value chain necessary for the secure transportation, injection, and storage of CO2 in appropriate reservoirs on the Norwegian Continental Shelf in order to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Europe.
The world’s first commercial agreement for cross-border CO2 transportation and storage was just signed yesterday. The CO2 captured from the Dutch ammonia and fertilizer factory will be transported and stored offshore Norway. Beginning in early 2025, the Netherlands will capture, compress, and liquefy 800,000 tonnes of CO2.
Photo: Thor Oliversen / Wintershall Dea