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Launch of Sweden's largest carbon capture and storage plant

On May 26, Sweden’s largest test facility for CO2-capture began operations at Preem's refinery in Lysekil. The entire value chain will now be analyzed – from the capture of carbon dioxide to its storage – in the pilot research project ‘Preem CCS’. The outcome of the project will enable more companies to use the technology and reduce their CO2 emissions.

From the Preem test facility inLysekil
From the Preem test facility in Lysekil

"I'm pleased SINTEF can contribute to development of the whole value chain in this important Swedish-Norwegian CCS-cooperation. SINTEF has more than 30 years experience in CO2 management, which we now can use to reduce emissions in Sweden, while at the same time strengthen the Norwegian effort to realize a full-scale project for CO2 management,” says Alexandra Bech Gjørv, SINTEF CEO.

A pan-Scandinavian solution

Within the pilot project, the entire value chain will be evaluated, from carbon capture at the refinery, local storage, transport to the planned storage location off the Norwegian west coast and for the storage itself. The results of the pilot project will then be made public, in order for more companies to be able to use the technology and reduce their carbon dioxide emissions.

In 2020, the test facility will capture CO2 from the flue gases from Preem’s hydrogen gas plant at the Lysekil refinery.

An important piece of the puzzle

The technology for capturing and storing CO2 is an important component for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and for achieving Sweden’s climate goals. For Preem, this is an important piece of the puzzle to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and to become climate neutral by the year 2045. The goal is for the tests to form the basis for a full-scale CCS plant that can be operational by 2025.

We see carbon capture and storage as a vital measure to reduce global carbon emissions. For Preem, a full-scale CCS plant could initially reduce emissions from our Lysekil refinery by 500,000 tonnes, which is close to a quarter of the refinery’s total carbon emissions,” says Petter Holland, CEO of Preem.

The carbon dioxide is planned to be stored in Norway, a global leader in CCS with better geological conditions for CO2 storage than Sweden. Preem made a statement of intent to collaborate with the Northern Lights project last autumn. The Northern Lights project includes Equinor, Shell and Total and aims to develop the technology and the transport chain to store CO2 in bedrock under the North Sea. Northern Lights is scheduled to start in 2024.

About the project

The Preem CCS project is a collaboration between Preem, Aker Solutions, Chalmers University of Technology, Equinor and the Norwegian research institute SINTEF. The Swedish Energy Agency and the Norwegian research and development program CLIMIT contribute with funding.

Published 26 May 2020
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Porject duration:

01/01/2018 - 31/03/2018