The Northern Lights project is the transport and storage component of Longship, the Norwegian Government’s full-scale carbon capture and storage project.
“Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is important to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement. “Longship” is the largest climate project ever in the Norwegian industry and will contribute substantially to the development of CCS as an efficient mitigation measure. Working together with the industry, the step-by-step approach has confirmed that the project is feasible. I want to thank the Northern Lights partners Equinor, Shell and Total – and I am looking forward to our continued cooperation,” says Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Tina Bru.
The project includes the development and operation of CO2 transport and storage facilities, open to third parties. It will be the first ever cross-border, open-source CO2 transport and storage infrastructure network and offers European industrial emitters the opportunity to store their CO2 safely and permanently underground. Phase one of the project will be completed mid 2024 with a capacity of up to 1.5 million tonnes of CO2 per year.
Plans exist to increase the capacity to 5 Mt per year through additional phases of development and an increasing customer base.
Drilling a dry well
The CO2 captured onshore will be transported by pipeline to a site close to the Troll field in the Northern North Sea. Earlier this year, a well was drilled (31/5-7) in order to test the Johansen and Cook Formations and the overlying Drake Formation mudstone. Both the reservoirs and the seal were found to be of good quality.
Willing to share knowledge in a transparent manner, the Northern Lights projects partners decided to give open access to 31/5-7 Eos well data and make such data available for download.
PRESS RELEASE – Eos well
PRESS RELEASE – Funding decision