Equinor And GRTgaz Collaborate On New CO2 Transport System Development

Equinor And GRTgaz Collaborate On New CO2 Transport System Development - Carbon Herald

GRTgaz, the gas transmission operator in France, has entered into a project development agreement (PDA) with Norwegian energy company Equinor to develop a system for transporting captured CO2 from industrial sources. 

This new transport system will transfer carbon dioxide captured in France to secure and long-term storage locations off the coast of Norway through Equinor’s proposed CO2 Highway Europe pipeline project.

This French-Norwegian collaboration comes on the heels of a strategic partnership agreement between the two nations that was signed on January 16, 2024.

By leveraging the expertise of both companies, the project aims to establish a seamless connection between key industrial hubs and carbon storage facilities, ultimately reducing greenhouse gas emissions and supporting the transition to a low-carbon economy.

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The main objective of the partnership is to assist in reducing carbon emissions in Dunkirk, one of the busiest industrial zones in France. Situated in the northern region, near the border with Belgium, this area is known for being one of the largest sources of pollution in the country, responsible for approximately 20 percent of industrial CO2 emissions in France.

As part of this partnership, GRTgaz has been tasked with building a network of onshore CO2 pipelines that will link Dunkirk to the Highway Europe pipeline being developed by Equinor. The goal of this pipeline project is not only to connect Dunkirk, but also the Zeebrugge area in Belgium, to a series of storage sites located under the seabed off the coast of Norway.

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GRTgaz is set to build a 30-kilometer pipeline network on land in Dunkirk, along with a compressor station to send CO2 into an offshore pipeline linked to the CO2 Highway Europe. Initially, the facility will be able to handle 3 to 5.5 million tonnes of CO2 annually, with room for expansion to accommodate CO2 from additional industrial clusters in France.

This collaborative effort between Equinor and GRTgaz will involve feasibility studies that are currently in progress, with basic engineering studies expected to start by the end of 2024. The commissioning of the project is scheduled for 2029.

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