Errai CCS project advances with option agreement

Jan. 6, 2023
The Errai carbon capture and storage project in Norway is advancing plans for a land-based CO2 terminal in Gismarvik on the west coast of Norway.

The Errai carbon capture and storage project in Norway is advancing plans for a land-based CO2 terminal in Gismarvik on the west coast of Norway.

An option agreement, signed by project operator Horisont Energi with Haugaland Næringspark, envisages the receiving terminal sited in one of Norway’s largest industrial areas for intermediate onshore storage of CO2, partner Neptune Energy said in a release Jan. 6. The infrastructure is already in place in the area, with access to electricity, water, and sewage, and a large harbor basin with deep-sea quay, Horisont Energi said in a separate release. The CO2 terminal will receive CO2 from both European and Norwegian customers, including from the planned CO2 terminal in the Port of Rotterdam.

From the receiving terminal, carbon would be transported through pipeline to the North Sea, where it would be injected and permanently stored in an offshore reservoir.

Errai is the first commercial CO2 storage project in Norway and could store 4-8 million tonnes/year (tpy) of CO2, with the potential to store more in later phases. Horisont Energi said E.ON is expected to store more than 1 million tpy of CO2 in Errai.

Neptune Energy’s managing director for Norway and the UK, Odin Estensen, said the company looks forward to leveraging both its oil and gas operations capabilities as well as its global experience from operating carbon capture and storage activities. 

The Errai project is a key contributor to Neptune's goal of storing more carbon than is emitted from the production and use of its sold product by 2030, it said.

Errai partners applied to the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy for storage of CO2 in the announced area on the Norwegian continental shelf. Awards are expected in first-half 2023 and the project is expected to be in operations in 2026.

Neptune Energy holds 40% owner share in the Errai project.