Denmark Issues First License For Onshore CCS To Wintershall Dea

Denmark Issues First License For Onshore CCS To Wintershall Dea - Carbon Herald

The Ministry of Climate, Energy, and Utilities of Denmark has granted the first onshore carbon capture and storage (CCS) license to gas and oil company Wintershall Dea. 

The license granted to Wintershall Dea is for the operatorship of the Greenstore CO2 storage license in Jutland, specifically in the Gassum area north of Randers. This area has been identified as one of five onshore areas in Denmark that are suitable for CO2 storage, following extensive studies conducted by the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS).

Wintershall Dea, holding a 40% interest, will be leading the project in collaboration with its partners, INEOS Energy Denmark (40%), and Nordsøfonden (20%), engaging closely with both local and national stakeholders throughout the development process.

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The company views Denmark as an ideal partner for creating a profitable CCS industry due to its forward-thinking regulations and promising geology. Wintershall Dea expressed its commitment to assisting Denmark in lowering CO2 emissions at both domestic and European levels, highlighting the importance of collaboration in addressing the global climate crisis.

Anne-Mette Cheese, Country Lead for Carbon Management and Hydrogen in Denmark, expressed gratitude for being chosen by the Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy, and Utilities as the operator of the Greenstore onshore storage license. She commented, “The partners are looking forward to safely develop the storage site in close dialogue with local and national stakeholders.”

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Marius Brundiers, Project Manager for Wintershall Dea’s activities in Denmark, shared “Our ambitious work program will further narrow uncertainties around storage capacity and the storage complex development planning, related injection rates and start up dates will be updated during course of the project.”

Assuming all necessary approvals are obtained from the authorities, the partnership anticipates making the first carbon injection in 2029. The initial estimate for the storage capacity is a maximum of 250 million tons of CO2, distributed between two distinct geological formations located at depths ranging from 2000 to 3000 meters below the surface.

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