CO2 transportation project launches in Sweden

CinfraCap aims to create a CO2 transportation infrastructure Photo: CinfraCapCinfraCap aims to create a CO2 transportation infrastructure Photo: CinfraCap

A Swedish project is set to become the first in the world to create a common infrastructure for the transportation of liquid carbon dioxide extracted via carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology.

The CinfraCap project is a collaboration between Gothenburg Energi, Nordion Energi, Preem, St1, Renova and the Port of Gothenburg.

“If we are to succeed in reaching the climate goals, we must find faster ways,” said Elvir Dzanic, chief executive of the Port of Gothenburg. “We do this through collaboration. The preliminary study that has now been started examines the possibility of, in the long term, interim storage and transporting 2 million tonnes of captured carbon dioxide per year from plant to quay. To achieve this, a functioning infrastructure is needed on site,” he added.

CCS is seen as an important part of the transformation of the global energy system and several development projects are underway in the area. CinfraCap aims to develop an optimal logistics and infrastructure solution for CCS on a larger, industrial scale.

A cooperation agreement has now been signed and a feasibility study commissioned by COWI which aims to complete in Q1 of 2021. The study, half-funded by the Swedish Energy Agency’s climate initiative, Industriklivet, aims to prepare proposals on how carbon dioxide is most appropriately collected from each industry and transported to the port, how intermediate storage should be done before loading, what permits must be presented and what the risks are.

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