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Industry calls for CCS framework

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At the ZERO conference on Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS), in Copenhagen the 22 of October, representatives from seven countries around the North Sea pointed at the necessity for government framework to realize large scale CCS around the North Sea.

There are many full scale CCS projects planned in the North Sea area with storage possibilities both onshore and below the North Sea.

The political and public knowledge and debate differs greatly in the North Sea countries. There is a general need for more information and knowledge about CO2-capture and storage in this area, both among policymakers, organisations and the public.

ZERO had a North Sea CCS seminar in London last year, and followed up with this arrangement to continue addressing CO2-capture and storage (CCS) in Denmark, the North Sea area.

Most of the speakers focused on the good potentials and capacity of storage of CO2, which the North Sea has to offer.

- We now do need politicians who is willing to take the brave and necessary decisions to bring us from the demo- and pilot stage to the completion of fullscale projects, said Niels Peter Christensen from Vattenfall.

- This will not happen until we have proper funding, legislation and a political framework Michael Engell-Jensen in Mærsk Denmark pointed out.


Background points:

Denmark has large CO2 emissions from Coal power plant and has good potential for CO2 storage.

The government in Norway, UK and the Netherlands are working to realize large scale CCS, in the "North Sea Basin Task Force".

EU has decided to finance 10-12 large scale demo plant for CCS. Some of these will probably be around the North Sea.

CCS is an available technology and can be build in large scale today.

Technology of separating CO2 from other gases was developed for more than 60 years ago for industrial purposes. A gas power plant using this separation technology was built in Texas as early as in 1980, using the CO2 for oil production. Since 1996 Norway has deposited 1 million tons yearly at the Sleipner field in the North Sea.


Excursion to the CO2 capture pilot at Esbjerg


The day after the seminar a group of participants was guided around the
CO2 Capture Pilot at the Dong Energy Coal Plant in Esbjerg.

This pilot is a EU-funded project CASTOR, built in 2005, using post combustion technology from coal. The pilotplant is 34,5 m high and 1,1 m. in diameter, capturing 1 t/h when in operation. The pilot is been rebuild to improve the energy use in the new EU project CESAR.


More information, ZERO: Camilla Skriung,, + 47 90 64 18 12



Intro ZERO

The role of CCS in combating climate change: Keith Burnard, Senior Energy Technology Specialist, IEA, Paris

Power plant CO2 standards: Mark Johnston, WWF European Policy Office, Brussels

Existing CO2 capture and storage experience worldwide: Marius Gjerset, ZERO, Norway

Norwegian gas field Sleipner: Ten years of experience with large scale CO2 storage: Børge Rygh Sivertsen, StatoilHydro, Norway

Safety and challenges for underground storage of CO2. Potential for CO2 storage in the North Sea: Karen Kirk, BGS (British Geological Survey), UK

The geological storage capacity of CO2 in Denmark: Lars Henrik Nielsen, GEUS (Geological Survey of Denmark)

Potential for storage in depleted oil and gas reservoars in Denmark: Michael Engell-Jensen. Senior Vice President, Carbon & Climate. Mærsk Denmark

Full scale CCS from a coal/biomass fired powerplant?: Niels Peter Christensen, professor Chief Geologist, CCS , Vattenfall Denmark

How to cut emissions fast enough without CCS? Denmark and developed countries perspectives: Kim Ejlertsen, NOAH (FoE Denmark)

One North Sea - Interim Report from the North Sea Basin Task Force, Ruth Hampton, Head of International CCS, Dep of Energy and Climate Change, UK

CCS from industry in the Skagerrak area: CO2 capture from biomass: Skanled CO2-project. Hans Axel Haugen, Tel-Tek, Norway

Short status for CCS in Norway: Anders Larsen, FoE Norway

Short status for CCS in UK: Neil Crumpton, FoE UK

Large scale CCS plans in Rotterdam: Nicole van Klaveren, Rotterdam Climate Initiative, the Netherlands

Short status for CCS in the Netherlands: Erik Honing SNM (Stichting Natuur en Milieu), the Netherlands

Short status for CCS in Poland: Eivind Hoff, Bellona Brussels

Status for the COP15 process: On the way to a new good climate agreement? : Ingeborg Gjærum, Nature and Youth (FoE Youth), Norway

ZERO visit_ DONG - Oct 2009.pdf

ZERO visit_CASTOR - Oct 2009.pdf


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