The Swedish Energy Agency has provided funding for a feasibility study to establish a logistics node at Stockholm Norvik Port for carbon capture, interim storage, and transportation in eastern Sweden.
The initiative, dubbed Norvik Infrastructure CCS East Sweden (NICE), is aimed at developing regional carbon capture and storage (CCS) infrastructure, which is sustainable and cost-efficient, Ports of Stockholm said on its website.
Stockholm Norvik opened just three years ago and is Sweden’s newest freight port. The feasibility study follows an overall proof-of-concept assessment which involved various stakeholders and was looking to determine the conditions for setting up interim storage facilities at the port.
Ports of Stockholm will now partner with leading actors in the CCS sector to carry out an in-depth study in order to develop a proposal for a comprehensive system solution, which is expected to make major contributions to Sweden’s efforts to achieve its environmental goals.
The partners in the study include local utilities Stockholm Exergi, Mälarenergi, and Söderenergi, state-owned Vattenfall, and cleantech company Plagazi, as well as Germany’s Heidelberg Materials and Finland’s Nordkalk.
“We are delighted that the Swedish Energy Agency has awarded funding for an in-depth feasibility study. A future transportation solution with Stockholm Norvik Port as a CCS node would encompass a significant proportion of the carbon dioxide transport from Sweden,” Jens Holm, Chair of the Board of Ports of Stockholm, said in a comment.
According to Johan Wallén, Chief Commercial Officer at Ports of Stockholm, exploring the potential for a future sustainable transportation and infrastructure solution was an obvious choice given the state-of-the-art facilities at Stockholm Norvik and its perfect location in the Stockholm region.
The feasibility study, which is expected to be completed this year, will cover risk analyses, business models, and permit considerations. The results will support future decision making by Ports of Stockholm and other stakeholders regarding the possible next steps in the CCS plans for Stockholm Norvik.
To increase cost efficiency and the potential for long-term reductions in emissions, the CCS node will be open to third-party access. It is also expected to inspire other regional infrastructure partnerships.
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