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The illustration shows infrastructure for liquid carbon dioxide from facilities to vessels' cargo arm at quay. (Image Courtesy: https://www.goteborgshamn.se/)

Gothenburg and Sweden can be the first in the world to create a common infrastructure for the transport of liquid carbon dioxide that is extracted via carbon dioxide capture, CCS technology. The project has been named CinfraCap and is a unique collaboration project between Gothenburg Energi, Nordion Energi, Preem, St1, Renova and Gothenburg Hamn AB.

“If we succeed in reaching the climate goals, we must find faster ways. 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 required on site,” said ElvirDzanic, CEO of Gothenburg Harbor AB and one of the collaborative partners for the joint infrastructure project CinfraCap.

CCS, CarbonCapture and Storage, is today regarded as an important part of the transformation of the global energy system and several development projects are underway in this area. In CinfraCap, the partners want to develop an optimal logistics and infrastructure solution for CCS on a larger, industrial scale. At the same time, they want to ensure that the connection to other CCS projects is secured. The basic idea is to be able to invest in a system that should also be possible for more players to use.

The Swedish Industry Council sponsors

Now a cooperation agreement between all parties has been signed and the Swedish Energy Agency’s climate initiative The Swedish Industry Agency has chosen to enter with half the cost of financing a feasibility study, which COWI has been commissioned and has already started in June with the ambition to be completed during Q1 2021. The preliminary study aims to prepare proposals on how most trapped carbon dioxide is most appropriately collected from each industry and transported down to the port, how intermediate storage should be done before loading, what permits must be obtained, what risks exist with the project and also a proposal for a business model. presented.

-We start CinfraCap in Western Sweden, but the idea is that we will share both experience and business model around open infrastructure for captured carbon dioxide to other stakeholders both in Sweden and outside the country.We have teamed up with strong players who all share the ambition to bring down climate-impacting emissions here and now. An open system also enables other industries and players to join easily and cost-effectively, which means a great social benefit with the project, says Karin Lundqvist, Business developer, Preem AB.

Facts CinfraCap

CinfraCap stands for Carbon-Infrastructure -Capture. The project focuses on the transport of trapped carbon dioxide itself, how it can be done in a cost-effective and climate-smart way. With CinfraCap, you want to get a more comprehensive picture of the logistics chain for already captured carbon dioxide from various plants in Western Sweden, from liquefaction and intermediate storage via distribution to vessels and further transport to final storage. The interface itself for CinfraCap will be at the fence border to the current plant in Western Sweden that captures carbon dioxide, to the loading arm of the vessels that then transport liquid carbon dioxide further out to sea. See illustration.

CinfraCap complements several ongoing research and demonstration projects, such as projects within the Climate Leading Process Industry initiative, ZEROC, and also NorthernLights, which is an ongoing full-scale project for storing carbon dioxide off the Norwegian west coast.

Sea News, June 26

Baibhav Mishra
Author: Baibhav Mishra