NCCS presented to the Norwegian Minister of Petroleum and Energy
On Wednesday 24 August, NCCS Centre Director Mona Mølnvik presented NCCS to the Norwegian Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Terje Aasland, in connection with his visit to SINTEF Energy Lab.
As part of her presentation, Mona explained how NCCS and its predecessor BIGCCS had supported the development of the Norwegian government’s Longship (Langskip) initiative. For example, BIGCCS had acted as meeting point for experts in Shell, Equinor and TotalEnergies, thereby facilitating the negotiations for a common push for CO2 transport and storage in Longship.
Mona also mentioned the projects that have originated from NCCS – such as the spin-out projects LINCCS (which aims to scale up CCS on the Norwegian Continental Shelf) and ACCSESS (which aims to mature European CCS chains). Spin-in projects such as ADVENCCS, which received funding from the Norwegian Research Council this year, have enabled NCCS to expand its partner network.
Overall, Mona argued that research centres like NCCS enable related actors to learn more about the challenges and opportunities related to CCS, which is particularly important for companies and industries that are interested in CCS but know very little about it. One such piece of research that Mona used as an example is a study conducted in connection with NCCS that demonstrates that CCS does not necessarily need to be so expensive for end users – particularly for the subsequent reduction in CO2 emissions.