North Sea ‘super basin’ could be future CCUS hub


A so-called ‘super basin’ located in the North Sea could become a future hub for storing industrial carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, according to a research study led by the University of Aberdeen.

The Anglo-Polish Super Basin in the Southern North Sea was studied by scientists from the University’s Centre for Energy Transition, who used subsurface data and techniques usually employed in oil and gas exploration to produced a detailed technical study.

The results indicated that the area has ‘huge potential’ as a future CCUS hub where industrial emissions can be safely stored in former gasfields and other geological formations, in addition to playing a major role in helping European nations meet Net Zero targets and promote energy security.

Funded by the Net Zero Technology Centre (NZTC), the two-year study also highlighted the need to assess non-geological risks such as the potential for leaks along legacy wells and the need to avoid co-location conflicts with other stakeholders.

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