Svanehøj secures pump order for Northern Lights liquefied CO2 carrier

Danish gas equipment specialist Svanehøj has announced that it will supply the cargo pump system for the third Northern Lights liquified carbon dioxide (LCO2) carrier.

Having been chosen last year (2022) to supply the cargo pumps for the first two Northern Lights LCO2 carriers, Svanehøj was selected earlier this month to deliver its cargo pump technology to Northern Lights’ latest carrier.

CO2 cargo pumps are typically used in the shipping and maritime industry for the transportation of LCO2.

The Northern Lights project comprises transportation, receipt and permanent storage of CO2 in a reservoir in the northern North Sea.

According to the project developers, Phase 1 includes capacity to transport, inject and store up to 1.5m tonnes of CO2 per year.

Commenting on the new agreement, Nithin Sudarsan, Sales Director (Gas) at Svanehøj, said that the new contract will be strategically important for the other projects that the company is currently working on.

He added, “We see a lot of activity in the LCO2 segment, and we are talking with yards and gas contractors worldwide about opportunities that could materialise in the short term.”

“Although long-term storage of CO2 is currently in a rudimentary stage, we at Svanehøj already have the experience and competencies to supply the pumping systems.”

The Northern Lights CO2 carriers will each be equipped with a cargo capacity of 7,500m3, custom-built with pressurised cargo tanks for transporting LCO2.

Svanehøj will deliver two deepwell CO2 cargo pumps of 15 metres for each ship and – once operational – the ships will transport CO2 from industrial emitters in Norway and other European countries to a receiving terminal in western Norway for storage.

The sequestered CO2 will then be transported by pipeline for permanent storage in a geological reservoir 2,600 metres under the seabed.

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