Chinese shipbuilder Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Co., Ltd., has begun construction of the two liquefied CO2 carriers for the Norwegian carbon capture and storage (CCS) project Northern Lights.
The shipbuilding firm is a subsidiary of the China State Shipbuilding Corporation Limited and has designed the vessels specifically with the purpose of transporting liquefied carbon dioxide in mind.
The ships are each roughly 426.5 feet long and approximately 70 feet wide, with the capacity to hold 7,500-cubic meters (264,860-cubic ft) of liquefied CO2.
They will be dedicated to carrying carbon emissions from industry in Europe and to a receiving terminal on the west coast of Norway, from where the CO2 will be injected into the seabed for permanent storage.
The first of the two Chinese liquefied CO2 carriers for the Northern Lights project is expected to be delivered in the beginning of 2024.