Shell, Total, Equinor apply for CO2 licence

On Friday, the Northern Lights project submitted its application for permission to inject and store CO2 in the subsurface on the Norwegian Shelf. From left Diego Alejandro Vazquez Anzola (Shell) Laurence Pinturier (Total), Per Gunnar Stavland (Equinor), Eva Halland (NPD) and Wenche Tjelta Johansen.
(Photo: Arne Bjørøen)
On Friday, the Northern Lights project submitted its application for permission to inject and store CO2 in the subsurface on the Norwegian Shelf. From left Diego Alejandro Vazquez Anzola (Shell) Laurence Pinturier (Total), Per Gunnar Stavland (Equinor), Eva Halland (NPD) and Wenche Tjelta Johansen. (Photo: Arne Bjørøen)

Big energy players Shell, Total and Equinor have applied to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) for the right to inject and store carbon dioxide (CO2) as part of their Northern Lights project.

The three firms applied applied for an exploitation permit for a subsea reservoir “for injection and storage of CO2”.

With this the first the first application permitted for injection and storage of CO2, the NPD confirmed that Equinor, Shell and Total (as the Northern Lights project) were the only applicants when the deadline closed on Friday.

Per Gunnar Stavland, authority relations for Northern Lights, said: “Equinor and partners Shell and Total are very satisfied to have the opportunity to apply for an exploitation permit for a future CO2 storage facility.

“We look forward to the further dialogue with the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy and the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate about this project through the autumn.”

Norwegian state secretary, Ingvil Smines, confirmed that the announcement was “a concrete follow-up of the Government’s ambitions for full-scale CO2 capture and storage in Norway, and an important element of the work on the storage part.”

The NPD said awards are expected during Q4 of 2018.

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