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Approaching Final Investment Decision: CCUS Developments in Norway

14 November 2019

For more than 20 years, Norway has been a frontrunner in the efforts to develop CCS. Norwegian authorities want to contribute to the progress of this important technology by developing a cost-effective solution for full-scale CO2-capture and storage in Norway, provided it leads to technology development internationally. To be successful, the project needs to be followed by other CCS projects. From the Norwegian perspective, the state and the industry need to share both costs and risks.

The Norwegian full-scale CCS project is comprised of two capture projects. Norcem, a HeidelbergCement subsidiary, are studying capture from a cement plant and Fortum Oslo Varme are studying capture from a waste incineration plant. CO2 will be transported by ship to an onshore terminal on the Norwegian west coast and from there transported by pipeline to an offshore storage complex under the North Sea. The transport and storage part is planned by the Northern Lights project, a partnership between Equinor, Shell and Total. The project is on track for an investment decision in 2020/2021.

This webinar provided an update on recent developments in the project and plans for the way forward.


Juho Lipponen, Coordinator, CEM CCUS Initiative

Mr. Juho Lipponen is the Coordinator of the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage (CCUS) Initiative, working with the 11 member governments, observers and other partner organisztions to ensure the day-to-day functioning of the initiative. Juho is based in Paris, France.

Kristin Myskja, Assistant Director-General, Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, Norway

Kristin has worked in the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy since 2006. She worked four years in the Oil and Gas department in the Ministry where her responsibilities included a portfolio of oil and gas fields on the Norwegian Continental Shelf, infrastructure development on the Norwegian Continental Shelf and ownership in the Norwegian gas transport system. She has worked in the CCS-section since 2011 with the Norwegian government’s CCS-strategy and the Norwegian CCS demonstration project. She holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Oslo, obtained in 2006.

Ole Martin Moe, Project Manager, Fortum Oslo Varme

Ole graduated as a civil engineer in marine engineering from NTH (now NTNU). He has enjoyed a long career in the shipping and offshore industries and has been fortunate to be involved in many interesting projects, both as project engineer and project manager. He says, “The most exciting projects are those that can take us a step further and provide good solutions to small and large challenges for our customers and society. How to solve our climate problems is an interesting and huge task. Therefore, it is immensely inspiring to be part of the Fortum Oslo Varme’s carbon capture project, which is one of the areas that I believe should be invested in in order to fulfil the climate goals, which we said we would.”

Per Brevik, Director, Alternative Fuels, HeidelbergCement Northern Europe

Per Brevik has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Norwegian School of Business Administration (NHH). Since 1993, he has worked with alternative fuels development in the cement industry. From 2007 onwards, he has been responsible for alternative fuels, climate and sustainability at HeidelbergCement Northern Europe. He has been responsible for the carbon capture project at Norcem Brevik since the launching of the project in 2011.

Sverre Johannesen Overå, Project Director, Northern Lights, Equinor

Sverre Overå has been managing large investment projects for Equinor for the last 20 years. He was project manager for TCM (Technology Centre Mongstad) in the design and construction phases from 2006 to 2012, before moving to Brasil and heading up Equinor’s portfolio of modification projects there. After returning to Norway, he spent two years as deputy project director at the Nyhamna Expansion project for Ormen Lange – one of the largest oil & gas modification projects in the world at that time. In 2016 he returned to CCS when he became project director for the Northern Lights project, a key element of the Norwegian State’s full scale demonstration project.