Ostfold Energi – the Norwegian energy producer will soon assemble its full-scale carbon capture plant for its heating facility at Rakkestad in Norway. The facility is a small waste incineration plant, supplying industrial steam and district heating to around 50 customers in the area.
The CO2 capture facility is a trial project which will be completed by 2023 with the capacity of taking away 10,000 tons of CO2 per year. Behind the project is a subsidiary of Ostfold Energi – Carbon Centric, along with partners KANFA and Slaattland Mekaniske.
According to the company, the Norwegian carbon capture plant will be the first module-based system for full-scale CO2 capture from waste incineration. 90% of the facility’s emissions from the incineration process are planned to be captured.
Since the permanent CO2 storage solution will not be ready until 2024 at the earliest, the companies want to sell the captured, liquified CO2 to the food and greenhouse industries for reuse.
Johnny Pedersen, Heating Manager at Ostfold Energi also shares that there is a focus on emissions from incineration plants right now, and the use of carbon capture facilities like this could make a difference for the world’s efforts to tackle global warming. “The costs for capture, transport, and storage are still substantial, so we will need incentives for the development and operation of carbon capture facilities to make this an industry standard in Europe,” he adds.
The energy firm also signed a contract with Geminor – a leading resource management company, for Geminor to deliver 6,000 tons of refuse-derived fuel per year to Ostfold Energi for the project. According to Geminor, interest in carbon capture in Europe is increasing so the company is watching closely those opportunities.