03 October 2018: Fluor to test capture technology at Technology Centre Mongstad (TCM). Read more here.

Fall 2018: The Norway Full Scale CCS Project.

10 September 2018. Permission to develop storage site for the Norwegian Full Scale CCS project.

Equinor, Shell and Total submitted application to develop a storage site for the Norwegian Full Scale Project. The project, called Northern Light, will start with concept FEED studies. Permission to develop the site is expected by the end of 2018, see the press release for more information.

10 August 2018. Klemetsrud waste-to -energy plant approved for FEED

The Fortum Oslo Varme Klemetsrud (FOV) waste to energy plant i joins the Norcem cement plant in Brevik in the Norwegian Full Scale CCS Project. 15 May 2018 The Norwegian Government proposed to fund FEED studies (Front End Engineering and Design studies) with 80 million NOK in 2018. The total funding for the demonstration project in 2018 amounts to 280 million NOK, including funds transferred from 2017. The proposed funds for 2018 will cover FEED studies of CO2 transport, storage and up to two capture facilities. However, funds were only granted to Norcem, a subsidiary of Heidelberg Cement, whereas The Fortum Oslo Varme's original project was deemed to have greater implementation risks related to, inter alia, the length of the pipeline, and public perception of having emissions of amines close to a city  The cost estimates are also considerably higher, compared to the other two. However, updated information has now beed assessed, and the Government has offered FOV support for FEED.

The NORCEM cement plant at Brevik is considered to be most advanced and likely for implementation oc CCS of th three plants. The Government is offering Norcem, , state aid to study CO2-capture at Brevik. These are

Continued studies on CO2-capture at Yara's ammonia plant at Herøya in Porsgrunn has been not recommended. Yara's project has a smaller learning potential compared to the two others, and some uncertainties concerning the plant. Yara considers that it does not make sense industrially to continue the planning of their project.

For more, see MPE's press release here and here.

August 2018: Energy Department Invests $7M to Advance Associated Geological Storage.

The two projects are

  • Stacked Greenfield and Brownfield ROZ Fairways in the Illinois Basin Geo-Laboratory: Co-Optimization of EOR and Associated CO2 Storage – The University of Illinois (Champaign, IL)

  • Williston Basin CO2 Field Laboratory – University of North Dakota Energy & Environmental Research Center (Grand Forks, ND)

More information here.

25 July 2018. Energy Department Invests $10.7M in Technologies that Assess Subsurface Stress for Carbon Storage

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy (FE) selected five projects to receive approximately $10.7 million in federal funding for cost-shared research and development. More information here.

24 May 2018. Mission Innovation CCUS Challenge - Workshop Report released

25 - 28 september 2017 the Mission Innovation CCUS Challenge organised a workshop with international experts to discuss basic research and development (R&D) needs in CO2 capture, CO2 utilization, geologic storage, and cross-cutting CCUS topics. The experts agreed on the most critical scientific challenges associated with CCUS, and they established a set of Priority Research Directions (PRDs). The objective of the PRDs is to inspire research that has the potential to make a significant impact on CCUS technology performance.  The report includes 30 PRDs to guide future CCUS R&D and is available here.

February 2018. US Department of Energy Invests $44M in Advanced Carbon Capture Technologies Projects

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy has selected seven projects to receive approximately $44 million in federal funding for cost-shared research and development through the funding opportunity announcement, Design and Testing of Advanced Carbon Capture Technologies. The following four projects were selected under Area of Interest 1, Scaling of Carbon Capture Technologies to Engineering Scales Using Existing Host Site Infrastructure and will test at the Technology Centre Mongstad (TCM):

Scale-Up and Testing of Advanced Polaris Membrane CO2 Capture Technology – Membrane Technology and Research, Inc. (MTR, Newark, CA)

Engineering-Scale Testing of Transformational Non-Aqueous Solvent-Based CO2 Capture Process at Technology Centre Mongstad – RTI International (Research Triangle Park, NC)

Engineering-Scale Demonstration of Mixed-Salt Process for CO2 Capture – SRI International (Menlo Park, CA)

Membrane-Sorbent Hybrid System for Post-Combustion Carbon Capture – TDA Research, Inc. (Wheat Ridge, CO).

More information here.

3 December 2017. Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum (CSLF) launches new Technology Roadmap (TRM) and Task Force report on Offshore CO2-EOR. 

CSLF has launched the 2017 version of their Technology Roadmap. The new TRM includes for the first time quantitative targets, based on the 2 degree scenario (2DS) of the IEA Technology Perspectives 2017. It has also increased emphasis on CCS applied to industrial processes and the importance of clusters, hubs and infrastructure to bring the cost of CCS down.

CSLF also launched the report "Enabling Large-scale CCS using Offshore CO2 Utilization and Storage Infrastructure Developments", which gives status, examples, introduction of emerging technologies, monitoring, regulations review, and recommendations related to offshore CO2-EOR.

7 November 2017: The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy (FE) awards $8 million  to assess offshore geologic storage of carbon dioxide (CO2) and technology development in the Gulf of Mexico.

The new projects, operated by Southeast Regional Carbon Storage Partnership: Offshore Gulf of Mexico, and Offshore Gulf of Mexico Partnership for Carbon Storage—Resources and Technology Development—The University of Texas at Austin (Austin, TX), will focus on assembling the knowledge base required for secure, long-term, large-scale CO2 storage, with or without enhanced hydrocarbon recovery, and assessing technology-development needs (infrastructure, operational, monitoring), which differ from those onshore. 

1 November 2017. Two ISO standards on CCS launch in Norway.

The International Organisation for Standards (ISO) has recently published its first two standards in a series of CCS standards. The Norwegian launch took place at the Petroleum Directorate 1 November 2017. The two standards, ISO 27913:2016 Carbon dioxide capture, transportation and geological storage - Pipeline transportation systems, and ISO 27914:2017 Carbon dioxide capture, transportation and geological storage - Geological storage, are available for sale from ISO website.

27 October 2017: Two new storage projects selected by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy.

The US Department of Energy Office of Fossil Energy announced two projects have been selected to receive approximately $4 million in federal funding for cost-shared research and development for the safe storage of CO2 in geologic formations. Th proejcets are 

  • Integration of Seismic-Pressure-Petrophysics Inversion of Continuous Active-Source Seismic Monitoring Data for Monitoring and Quantifying CO2 Plume—The Pennsylvania State University

  • Joint Inversion of Time-Lapse Seismic Data—The University of North Dakota

More about the project awards here.

Ambitious plans for CCS in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom in the run up to COP23. 

Recently,  the UK Government and the Dutch Government Coalition Agreement announced ambitious proposals for a target to reduce emissions. The UK Government’s Clean Growth Strategy, published October 12, 2017, recognises the crucial role of CCS technology will have to play in reducing CO2 emissions and laid out a vision for its large-scale deployment from 2030. In The Netherlands, the vision is to reduce emissions by 49% by 2030, going beyond the current EU target. The document, (see also a summary on the CATO homepage) published on 10th October, also outlines a key role for CCS, with a commitment to storing 20 million tonnes of CO2 per year by 2030. This accounts for around 1/3 of the overall effort. Likewise,

The conference proceedings DOE NETL conferences 2017.

1) The conference proceedings the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) 2017  CO2 Capture Technology Project Review Meeting are now available here.

Researchers representing more than 50 of the active projects in the Carbon Capture Program’s project portfolio gave presentations covering their research and development (R&D) work in advanced solvents, sorbents, membranes, and CO2 compression for post- and pre-combustion projects that range from laboratory scale to large pilot-scale applications. An extensive session on CO2 reuse provided updates on 10 projects in this area, while presentations about Systems Studies and Modeling provided attendees with updates on CO2 capture-related systems analysis activities. Presentations  also provided insight into carbon capture projects and technology development in Norway (CO2 Technology Centre Mongstad) and Australia; a global perspective on the status of carbon capture by  the International Energy Agency, as well as an update on the International Test Center Network. 

2) The conference proceedings from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) 2017 Mastering the Subsurface through Technology Innovation, Partnerships and Collaboration: Carbon Storage and Oil and Natural Gas Technologies Review Meeting are now available here

This meeting included three days of plenaries with technical updates from the Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership’s large-scale field projects, as well as from other domestic and international subsurface research efforts, both onshore and offshore. Parallel technical sessions covered research from infrastructure projects; geologic storage projects; monitoring, verification and accounting projects; simulation and risk assessment projects; and CO2 use/re-use projects. It also included interactive poster sessions Interactive poster sessions

THE CO2 STORAGE DATA CONSORTIUM (CSDC)

THE CO2 STORAGE DATA CONSORTIUM (CSDC) invites scientists and organisations holding CO2 storage data or otherwise active in CO2 storage to make contact. The CSDC is a new international network aimed at promoting data sharing from pioneering CO2 storage projects in order to accelerate innovation and deployment of CCS. The initiative was launched during GHGT-13 and the aim of the event was to explain the objectives of CSDC and to gain feedback from potential participants. CSDC was also presented at the US-Norway bilateral side event following the CLIMIT Summit in Oslo, Norway March 8, 2017. The CSDC Secretariat can be contacted at <grethe.tangen@sintef.no>. 

CLIMIT SUMMIT

8 MARCH 2017. SUCCESSFUL SIDE EVENT AT THE CLIMIT SUMMIT IN OSLO. The CLIMIT Summit in Oslo 7 - 8 march 2017 was followed by a side event where researchers from USA and Norway presented present and potential future collaboration within CCUS. For more, take a look at the summary and presentations. 

 

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