First exploration licence for CO2 on the Norwegian shelf

14/06/2010 The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (MPE) has issued Gassnova SF a licence to acquire seismic data with the aim of identifying suitable storage locations for permanent storage of CO2. This is the first time an exploration licence for CO2 has been granted on the Norwegian shelf.

In the fall of 2008, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) acquired 3D seismic data near the Troll field in the North Sea. The purpose was to map whether the Johansen formation at Troll is suitable for permanent storage of carbon dioxide (CO2), as well as to find out where injection wells for carbon dioxide should be placed.

Gassnova has now received an exploration licence covering the acquisition of seismic data south of the area covered by the seismic data from 2008. The enterprise wants to gather more knowledge about the area as regards the possible placement of a well. The acquisition activity started on 9 June.

The licence was awarded pursuant to the Act of 21 June 1963 No. 12 relating to scientific research and exploration for and exploitation of subsea natural resources other than petroleum resources, Section 2.

During the course of the petroleum activities throughout the years, significant amounts of data have been collected regarding the Johansen formation.

This material forms the basis for the study work that has already been carried out with the view towards identifying suitable storage locations for CO2 in the area.


Updated: 14/06/2010