Norway Gives Green Light for Equinor’s CO2 Storage Project

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Equinor has been awarded an exploitation permit for CO2 storage on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.

The allocated area for storage of CO₂ is located near the Troll oil and gas field and was announced in July 2018.

Equinor is currently performing front-end engineering and design (FEED) studies on storage with project partners Shell and Total.

The storage solution is part of the large-scale carbon capture and storage project in Norway.

The government has an ambition to realize a cost effective solution for full-scale carbon capture and storage in Norway, given that this will result in international technology development. The companies’ effort to mature a storage solution is a prerequisite for a successful project,” says Kjell-Børge Freiberg, minister of Petroleum and Energy.

The allocation of an exploitation permit is necessary to continue the FEED-studies for a CO₂ storage solution. The FEED-studies will also provide more accurate cost estimates necessary for an investment decision.

This is the first exploitation permit for storage of CO₂ on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. The allocation is made under the CO2-storage regulations from December 2014.

Equinor, together with project partners Shell and Total, will now mature the storage concept towards a Plan for Development and Operations (PDO) scheduled for delivery in 2019. An investment decision for the Norwegian full-scale carbon capture and storage project is expected in 2020/2021.

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