Recently, Equinor and RWE announced their intentions to export hydrogen based on natural gas from Norway to Germany. In order for this hydrogen to be blue, the CO₂ produced in the process of converting natural gas to hydrogen will need to be captured. Securing sufficient storage for these CO₂ emissions will therefore be crucial.
“It must soon become profitable to both find and then operate CO₂ storage sites. Otherwise, the “CCS train” will leave the station too late to save the climate,” write Nils Røkke, director of HYDROGENi, and Mona Mølnvik, director of the Norwegian CCS Research Centre (NCCS) in an opinion piece for Dagens Næringsliv published on 10 January 2023.
Read their full article in Dagens Næringsliv (in Norwegian)
New area open for CO₂ storage under the North Sea
On 11 January 2023, a new area in the North Sea was announced by the Norwegian Ministry of Petroluem and Energy as being open for applications related to CO2 injection and storage operations.
“The Norwegian government wants to further develop the profitable opportunities on the continental shelf and to facilitate the storage of CO2 to become a new commercial industry in Norway,” said Minister Terje Aasland.