Test facility for CO2 transport
On Friday, 30 October, Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg opened the world’s largest CO2 transport test facility at Equinor in Porsgrunn. The test facility transports CO2 in pipelines, both in gas and liquid form.
The objective is to learn more about how CO2 behaves during pipeline transport, which is important knowledge in order to scale up CO2 transport and storage in the future.
“The work you do here is an important contribution to the government’s strategy for carbon capture and storage,” Prime minister Erna Solberg said when she officially opened the test facility.
Equinor has transported CO2 from the Sleipner field in the North Sea since 1996 and from the Snøhvit facility in Hammerfest since 2009, both are projects which have provided Equinor with important information about CO2 transport. In these projects, the CO2 is transported in gas and liquid form, respectively.
Now Equinor and its partners Total, Gassnova and Gassco have modified the facility to make it possible to study transport of CO2 as gas and liquid, simultaneously. This could yield knowledge that is important for determining where a pipeline route could be laid, and which reservoirs could be utilised.
Testing and research can improve operation of the CO2 transport and storage project Northern Lights and can also reduce the costs associated with this new industry in the future.
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