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24/06/2011 Ministry of Petroleum and Energy has invited the industry to nominate areas in the North Sea and Norwegian Sea that might be suited for exploration of reservoirs for storage of carbon dioxide (CO2).
It is CO2 from Mongstad, and CO2 from other possible sources in combination with Mongstad, that is relevant for underground storage. The deadline for the nominations is 4 October 2011.
The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) will, on assignment from the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (MPE), perform the technical appraisal of the nominated areas. The appraisal will be based on work done by the NPD concerning CO2 storage.
The NPD has been working on issues relating to capture, transport and storage for several years now. According to plan, the directorate will submit an atlas of potential storage areas to the MPE at the end of 2011.
This is the first time that Norwegian authorities have held a licensing round for storage of CO2 on the Norwegian shelf. Eva Halland, the NPD’s coordinator for storage of CO2 on the Norwegian shelf, hopes that the companies will show interest:
”We are, of course, hoping that the oil companies will get involved in this,” Halland emphasises.
Norway has wide-ranging expertise and experience with storage of CO2. For several years, CO2 has been stored beneath the seabed off Norway, first in the Sleipner area in the North Sea and later at Snøhvit in the Barents Sea.
The invitation has been sent to all operators on the Norwegian shelf, and will also be announced in the Norwegian Gazette (Norsk Lysningsblad), so that other interested companies can nominate areas.
”Transport and storage of CO2 from Mongstad will be one of the first projects of its kind, where CO2 from a full-scale capture facility is transported in pipelines for storage on the continental shelf. I want to facilitate participation in the project by companies that have acquired technical experience in this area,” says Borten Moe.
The nominations from the companies will provide input to the Ministry’s recommendations regarding announcement of areas for surveying and exploration of subsea reservoirs for permanent storage of CO2.
For more information, see the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy’s website >>