Norway paves the way for more CCS projects
Norway has played an important role in accelerating the deployment of CCS in Europe. It has embraced CCS as a vital technology to help the country achieve its ambitious emission reduction targets. Fredrikstad, a city in the south-east of Norway, could become home to the country’s next CCS project. On 19 January 2018, Borg Harbor and Frevar, a water and waste management company, signed a memorandum of understanding with the city of Oslo and Fortum Oslo Varme, a company producing and distributing district heating in the Oslo region from their waste-to-energy facility at Klemetsrud. The waste-to-energy facility is one of the three emission sources in the Norwegian full scale CCS project.
This new partnership aims to launch a small-scale CCS project that will capture 150,000 tonnes of CO2 per annum. The carbon dioxide emitted by the plants of Frevar and Bio El on Øra would be collected and transported from the Borg Harbor to be stored in Smeaheia in the North Sea Bassin. The project marks the start of a potential industrial CCS cluster in Norway, welcoming other industries to join forces in the future.
This partnership showcases the importance of knowledge sharing and learning by doing in accelerating the commercial deployment of CCS. This new CCS project also builds a strong business case for CCS. It is hoped that the project will help create and maintain jobs in local communities. If successful, the project is expected to capture more CO2 than Fredrikstad currently emits.