Sweden’s largest test facility for carbon capture and storage (CCS) has begun operations at Preem’s hydrogen gas plant in Lysekil.

Titled Preem CCS, the pilot project will capture carbon dioxide from Preem’s facility and hopes to help companies deploy CCS technologies in order to reduce carbon emissions.

The project is a collaboration between Preem, Aker Solutions, Chalmers University of Technology, Equinor and SINTEF, with additional funding from the Swedish Energy Agency and the Norwegian research and development programme CLIMIT.

“We are excited to bring our field-proven carbon capture technology to Sweden for the first time,” said Luis Araujo, CEO of Aker Solutions.

“Helping operators reduce their carbon footprint is a key part of Aker Solutions’ strategy, and we look forward to working with Preem and the project’s other partners.”

For Preem, the project will help it reach its goals of becoming climate neutral by 2045. The goal is for the tests to form the basis for a full-scale CCS plant that can be operational by 2025.

“For Preem, a full-scale CCS plant could initially reduce emissions from our Lysekil refinery by 500,000 tonnes, which is close to a quarter of the refinery’s total carbon emissions,” says Petter Holland, CEO of Preem.