Blue Water enters pioneering project on Carbon Capture and Storage
Storing CO2 is an essential part of the solution to climate challenges. With a group of partners, Blue Water has taken a big step towards realising a project with great climate potential
Partners have signed an agreement to investigate the possibility of establishing transport of CO2 from biogas plants in North Denmark, temporary storage facilities in the Port of Hirtshals and shipping to the North Sea, where the CO2 will be injected into the subsoil. The project, named Greenport Scandinavia, thus involves the entire value chain for Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS).
"It is a fantastic project that we at Blue Water are delighted to be a part of. We are transport and logistics experts and are super excited to be part of developing a new industry. As a global operator with local interests, we want to contribute to the green transition, which is why we participate in various projects focusing on climate and energy transition", says Jacob Kjærgaard, Regional Director Energy, Ports & Projects Europe, Blue Water.
The partners are INEOS Energy, Wintershall DEA, Hirtshals Havn, Biocarb Solution, Evida, Greenport North and Blue Water. The project is the first of its kind in Denmark. Since the CO2 is biogenic, the storage will result in negative emissions, which can make a significant contribution to achieving the Danish climate goals of a 70 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.
"At INEOS, we have come far with our CO2 storage project Greensand, where we will get the first CO2 into the Danish underground early in the new year as part of our pilot demonstration project. Storing biogenic CO2 from biogas plants has great climate potential, as this results in negative emissions. With this agreement, the partners will explore the possibility of establishing the entire value chain and capturing, transporting and storing the first biogenic CO2 in Denmark", says Mads Weng Gade, Country Manager, INEOS Energy Denmark.
Initially, the aim is to capture up to 100,000 tonnes of biogenic CO2 annually from biogas plants in North Denmark starting in 2024/25. The CO2 will be transported to the Port of Hirtshals. From here, it will be shipped to the Siri area in the Danish part of the North Sea, where it will be stored in empty oil fields in Project Greensand.
CEO Per Holm Nørgaard, Port of Hirtshals, points to the fact that the port's forthcoming expansion supports the plan to store and ship CO2 from Hirtshals:
“We are already working on plans to expand the Port of Hirtshals, and storage and shipping of CO2 to the North Sea fits perfectly into our strategy. In the long term, the establishment of a CO2 hub in Hirtshals can contribute to solving the climate changes, and we see great potential in this partnership.”
The long-term ambition is to significantly increase the amount of CO2 to be received for shipping and storage. To that end, the partnership will look into the possibilities of establishing the necessary infrastructure in the form of, e.g. pipelines for transporting CO2 from other parts of Denmark and Europe to Hirtshals - potentially establishing Port of Hirtshals as a large, green hub for intermediate storage and shipping of CO2 for both Danish and foreign emitters. Harnessing the potential of economies of scale will support local industrial development and provide significant growth potential for the port and the region.
“Like Greensand, Greenport Scandinavia fits into our strategy to build significant international partnerships with CCS projects. At Greenport Scandinavia, we want to bring in our experience along the whole value chain to establish a CCS business model with our strong Danish partners and support Europe’s climate targets”, says Klaus Langemann, Senior Vice President Carbon Management and Hydrogen at Wintershall Dea.