Norwegian power firm Equinor has unveiled a undertaking to construct a pipeline to transport CO2 produced by industrial corporations in continental Europe for burial offshore Norway.
If it goes ahead, the pipeline could be one of many largest carbon seize, transport and storage (CCS) initiatives on this planet.
CCS is checked out by enterprise as a potential resolution for CO2-heavy industries as a manner for them to proceed working regardless of more and more strict measures to cut back emissions to struggle local weather change.
“The offshore pipeline is planned to have a transport capacity of 20 to 40 million tonnes of CO2 per annum, meeting an emerging need for CCS from multiple European industrial players,” Equinor stated in an announcement.
That is the equal of emissions from three to six million people in Europe.
Belgian power infrastructure agency Fluxys will function a terminal in Zeebrugge, which is able to acquire CO2 from ships docking within the port and factories linked by pipeline.
Construction of further pipelines to different industrial shoppers is envisaged.
The CO2 will then be transported by way of a pipeline underneath the North Sea operated by Equinor, which is able to retailer it completely underneath the seabed off Norway.
The undertaking continues to be within the feasibility stage. Equinor and Fluxys will now work with potential shoppers and hope to make an funding choice by 2025.
The undertaking has “the potential to enable large-scale decarbonisation of European, carbon intensive industries,” stated Grete Tveit, Equinor’s senior vice chairman for Low Carbon Solutions.
Equinor can also be concerned in a undertaking already underneath manner to retailer offshore CO2 from a Norwegian cement manufacturing unit and different industrial services.
In its newest baseline report, the United Nations stated the world will want to seize and retailer CO2 from the air and oceans whatever the fee at which international locations succeed at lowering their greenhouse gasoline emissions.
Long seen as a marginal effort or an industrial ploy to keep away from lowering carbon emissions, carbon dioxide removing measures are actually a necessity, in accordance to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
primarily based on website supplies www.rte.ie