World’s First Open CO2 Transportation Using ABB Technology

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During the project’s initial phase, up to 1.5 million tonnes of CO2 per year could be permanently stored.

The completion time of the first phase is by the middle of 2024. The second phase also aims to boost the first phase’s capacity to more than five million tonnes annually.

For the primary electrical, automation, and safety systems for Norway’s Northern Lights project, engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) company Aker Solutions has hired ABB Technology . Northern Lights is a first-of-its-kind project from enterprises across Europe to safely store CO2 (CO2 Transportation). In this project, Northern Lights is creating an open and adaptable infrastructure to provide safe capture and storage of industrial carbon. It is a joint venture between Equinor, Shell, and TotalEnergies.

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During the project’s initial phase, up to 1.5 million tonnes of CO2 per year could be permanently stored. The completion time of the first phase is by the middle of 2024. The second phase also aims to boost the first phase’s capacity to more than five million tonnes annually.

ABB’s automation, electrical and digital solutions will be integrated into the Northern Lights project to enable the remote operation of the new carbon capture terminal (CO2 Transportation).

Operators will have more insight into the Northern Lights terminal’s functioning with ABB’s market-leading distributed control system. ABB Technology Ability System 800xA analyses historical and real-time data and displays plant measurements and KPIs right away. This will help operators to assess possibilities for improving the performance of assets. It will help to process and make more precise, well-informed decisions as a result.

Specially designed vessels will deliver captured and liquefied carbon dioxide from emitters to the Northern Lights garden Terminal in western Norway, which will be controlled remotely from Equinor’s facilities at the Sture Terminal, which is around 7 km away.

ABB will construct a cutting-edge Extended Operator Workstation at the NL Terminal. This workstation will function in tandem with the central control room in Sture to facilitate remote operations. The two will remain invisibly connected at all times to speed up response times and facilitate round-the-clock remote operation.

Carbon capture projects are still in their infancy, as firms figure out ways to do it more efficiently, at scale and at lower cost.

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