One North Sea

A study into North Sea cross-border CO2 transport and storage

Final Main Report For:

  • The Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office

On behalf of:

  • The North Sea Basin Task Force

18th March 2010



About the Authors

Element Energy Limited is a low carbon consultancy providing a full suite of services from strategic advice to engineering consultancy in the low carbon energy sector. Element Energy’s strengths include techno-economic forecasting and delivering strategic advice to clients on all opportunities connected to the low carbon economy. Element Energy has experience in the design of strategies for the coordinated deployment of low carbon infrastructure.


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Contributing organisations

The following organisations provided important input into this study:

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate
provided data on Norwegian demand and CO2 storage potential, and assisted with stakeholder engagement.

The British Geological Survey (BGS)
provided input on sink assessment, a GIS database of storage sites around the North Sea and assisted with stakeholder engagement.

CMS Cameron McKenna
provided input on legal and regulatory issues and assisted with stakeholder engagement.

Econ Pöyry
developed and modelled scenarios for capture within the power sector and databases of potential locations for capture sites around the North Sea.

Carbon Counts
provided feedback on the overall report and assisted with stakeholder consultation.

Det Norsk Veritas
provided feedback on the report’s conclusions and recommendations.


While the authors consider that the data and opinions contained in this report are sound, all parties must rely upon their own skill and judgement when using it. The authors do not make any representation or warranty, expressed or implied, as to the accuracy or completeness of the report. There is considerable uncertainty around the development of CCS. The available data on sources and sinks are extremely limited and the analysis is therefore based around hypothetical scenarios. The maps and costs are provided for high-level illustrative purposes and no detailed location-specific studies have been carried out. The authors assume no liability for any loss or damage arising from decisions made on the basis of this report. The views and judgements expressed here are the opinions of the authors and do not reflect those of the Governments of Germany, the Netherlands, Norway or the UK, or Industry/Academic/ NGO Representatives of the North Sea Basin Task Force, Contributing Organisations, or Expert Stakeholder Group.

Picture: iStockphoto © Kris Hanke
Picture: iStockphoto © Kris Hanke 


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