Danish marine pumps specialist Svanehøj has been awarded a contract to supply two carbon dioxide (CO2) carriers with pump systems.

The two deep cargo pumps will be integrated into carriers designed to transport CO2 that has been captured from industrial emitters across Norway and Europe before being liquefied. 

As part of the Northern Lights carbon capture and storage (CCS) project, CO2 will be permanently stored in a geological reservoir 2,600m beneath the seabed. 

Considered by the Global CCS Institute as an essential element in achieving global climate goals, CCS adoption has steadily increased over the past couple of years, with 35 projects under development in Europe at the end of 2021. 

Svanehøj won the order through its long-standing partner TGE Marine, which designs and delivers complete Cargo Handling Systems for the CO2 carriers.

The company shifted its focus towards climate-neutral shipping following the release of its new strategy earlier this year entitled ‘Powering a better future’. 

“CCS is a focus area in our business strategy, and the order from TGE for Northern Lights is therefore of great strategic importance. This could be a big market for us within the next few years,” said Thomas Uhrenholt Nielsen, Sales Direct, Cargo Gas, Svanehøj. 

Currently under construction in China, both carriers will have a capacity of 7,500m3 of liquid CO2 and are expected to begin operations in 2024.