Norwegian oil and gas company Equinor (formerly Statoil) and Germany’s Wintershall Dea have announced the construction of the world’s first pipeline to transport carbon dioxide captured in the atmosphere from Germany to storage facilities on the Norwegian shelf of the North Sea.
“Wintershall Dea and Equinor partnership aims to create technical and commercial solutions and develop cross-border links in the field of carbon capture and storage in Europe”, said Wintershall Dea CEO Mario Mehren. According to him, this project “will open a new chapter in German-Norwegian cooperation.”
According to the statement, “a pipeline of about 900 km will connect the CO2 capture terminal2 in northern Germany and undersea storage facilities on the Norwegian continental shelf“. According to Equinor, its throughput will be “20 to 40 Mt CO2 in year”, which is equivalent to approximately 20% of Germany’s annual industrial emissions.
The project is an integral part of Equinor’s Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) initiative, which aims to reduce carbon emissions in Europe. It will meet the growing need for “recycling greenhouse gas emissions” in many European countries. Equinor claims that CCS technologies have become an important tool for the transition to a green economy and achieve the goal of zero emissions in Europe by 2050.