Equinor and GRTgaz to Store Captured CO2 from France Offshore Norway

Monday, June 17, 2024

Equinor and main French gas transmission operator GRTgaz have signed project development agreement (PDA) to develop a transport system for captured CO2 from industrial emitters in France for permanent storage offshore Norway via the planned CO2 Highway Europe pipeline project.

The development will consist of a network of onshore CO2 pipelines, to be developed by GRTGaz, which will connect France’s Dunkirk industrial area to Equinor’s CO2 Highway Europe, a large-scale CO2 pipeline being planned by Equinor also connecting Zeebrugge, Belgium to a portfolio of storage sites under the seabed offshore Norway.

The project under the PDA aims to help decarbonize the Dunkirk industrial area which accounts for around 20% of France’s industrial CO2 emissions.

Specifically, GRTgaz will develop a 30 km onshore pipeline network in the Dunkirk region, a compressor station in Dunkirk sending the CO2 into the offshore pipeline connecting to the CO2 Highway Europe.

The capacity in the initial phase will be 3 to 5.5 million tonnes of CO2 per year, and the capacity can be expanded to also accommodate CO2 captured at other industrial clusters in France.

Feasibility studies are currently under way, with the aim of launching basic engineering studies at the end of 2024 and commissioning in 2029.

“For industries that cannot decarbonize directly through clean power, carbon capture and storage (CCS) offers a viable solution. By building CO2 transport and storage solutions at an industrial scale together with GRTgaz we can help carbon-intensive industries in France to continue developing and securing jobs and value creation in a sustainable future.

“The collaboration also strengthens the viability of the CO2 Highway Europe project as the French connection will further strengthen economies of scale,” said Grete Tveit, senior vice president Low carbon solutions, Equinor.

“GRTgaz is developing dedicated transmission networks contributing to transport CO2 from the French industrial sites where it is captured to storage and utilization sites in France and Europe. Indeed, the capture, storage and utilization of CO2 will play a major role in decarbonizing the national and European economy, and infrastructure is an essential element in this CO2 value chain.

“We are proud to sign this partnership with Equinor and to share our respective and complementary expertise in order to provide France with an effective and competitive decarbonization solution", added Sandrine Meunier, chief executive officer of GRTgaz.

Categories: Pipelines Industry News Activity Europe Decarbonization CCS

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