Progress has today been made on the Northern Lights project with indicative results from the drilling at the project site and respect areas showing suitable for carbon dioxide (CO2) storage.

The Northern Lights project is part of Norway’s full-scale carbon capture and return project. The project plans to capture CO2 from Norcem’s cement plant in Brevik and from Fortum’s Oslo Varmes waste to energy plant at Klemetsrud.

The CO2 will then be shipped to an onshore terminal in Øygarden before it is transported by pipeline offshore to a permanent storage location more than 2,500 meters below the seabed in the North Sea.

Equinor, Shell and Total are collaborating on the transportation and storage project.

“To reach the targets in the Paris Agreement of limiting the temperature increase to well below 2°C, we must isolate CO2 from reaching the atmosphere. We must store CO2,” said Nils Røkke, Chairman of the Board of the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) and Executive Vice-President of Sustainability at SINTEF Energy.

“The first positive results from the test drilling at Northern Lights are very significant for the fight against global warming in Norway and Europe.”

“Early investments and focus on CO2 handling in Norway can build a competitive advantage for Norwegian industry onshore and on the Norwegian Continental Shelf in the future.”

“Handling CO2 can contribute to increasing the value of natural gas, by creating frameworks and conditions for clean and large-scale production of hydrogen. It will also strengthen the competitiveness of the Norwegian industry that aims to reach zero or sub-zero emissions.”

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