Orsted, a prominent renewable energy corporation, has announced its plans to construct two carbon capture projects in Denmark, marking a major step in the country’s efforts towards mitigating harmful emissions.
The two new facilities will target the Asnæs Power Station in Kalundborg and the straw-fired unit at Avedore Power Station in Greater Copenhagen, aiming to reduce their carbon footprint.
Having obtained a 20-year contract from the Danish Energy Agency, the project is expected to capture 430,000 tonnes of biogenic CO2 every year, beginning in early 2026.
The captured carbon will be safely transported and stored in the Northern Lights storage reservoir in the Norwegian part of the North Sea, a crucial step in preventing it from being released back into the atmosphere.
One of these projects, the Orsted Kalundborg carbon capture hub, is set to capture 150,000 tonnes of biogenic CO2 annually from the straw-fired unit at Avedøre Power Station. In the initial phase, the captured carbon will be transported to the Asnæs Power Station, but the long-term plan includes establishing a shared pipeline infrastructure across the Danish island of Zealand.
Additionally, Orsted is targeting the capture of 280,000 tonnes of biogenic CO2 annually from the wood chip-fired unit at Asnæs Power Station. This facility generates electricity, district heating, and process steam for the local industry utilizing wood chips, mostly obtained from the Baltics. The wood chips originate from responsibly managed production forests and are made up of excess wood from sawmills or leftovers from trimming or misshapen trees.
Denmark’s dedication to meeting its climate goals for 2025 and 2030 is evident in this effort to significantly reduce carbon emissions from combined heat and power plants.
Orsted, a company that has articulated its aspirations to be a driving force for a more eco-friendly future, helping businesses and countries in their efforts towards sustainability, will undoubtedly play a key role in supporting Denmark in achieving its climate goals.