Quality assurance and risk management company DNV GL has approved Shell’s CANSOLV CO2 carbon capture technology to lower emissions at Fortum Oslo Varme’s waste-to-energy plant in Klemetsrud, Oslo.

Once complete, it is thought the project will contribute towards Norway’s target to reduce emissions by at least 50%, and towards 55%, by 2030 compared to 1990 levels.

DNV GL worked with Shell and Fortum Oslo Varme to verify the application of its recommended practices; DNVGL-RP-A203 Technology qualification and DNVGL-RP-J201 Qualification procedures for carbon capture technology. 

Jannicke Gerner Bjerkas, CCS-director in Fortum Oslo Varme, said, “The third-party technology qualification by DNV GL gave us confidence that the project risk related to implementing the Shell technology was low.”

“The pilot plant demonstrated the ability to capture more than 90 % of the CO2 from the flue gas at our waste-to-energy plant in Oslo. When we establish a full-scale CO2-capture plant we can significantly reduce the city’s CO2 emissions.” 

“We aim to export the use of CCS to Europe’s waste-to-energy plants contributing to reaching the goals of the Paris Agreement.”

Around 400,000 tonnes of CO2 can be captured at the site every year, the equivalent of removing 200,000 cars from regular use. The plan is that captured CO2 from the plant will be injected into geological formations thousands of metres below sea level West of Norway.

Arve Johan Kalleklev, Regional Manager, Norway and Eurasia, DNV GL – Oil & Gas said, “Carbon capture and storage is currently the only technology capable of achieving the significant reductions in CO2 emissions needed to lessen the environmental impact of industrial processes around the world.”

“In September 2018, the World Bank announced that waste production is predicted to rise by 70 % to 2050. More than two billion tonnes of waste per year are currently generated by the global population.”

“Fortum Oslo Varme’s CCS project is expected to help lead the way in tackling the global waste crisis, proving that large-scale waste incineration and combined heat and power plants can not only reduce the use of landfills, but also significantly reduce or offset CO2 emissions associated with industrial carbon output,”