It is possible to store large amounts of CO2 on the Norwegian shelf. NORSAR is an internationally recognized foundation with core expertise in seismology and geophysics. The new project consists of several partners, including Shell, Total, BP and Alcatel Submarine Networks as well as the University of Alberta, INGV (Italy) and MRCI (US institutes Battelle and Illinois State Geological Survey). 

The distribution of funds comes from the EU's Accelerating CCS Technologies (ACT) program, located under Horizon 2020 research and innovation program. The overall goal of the project is to establish micro-seismic monitoring technologies as a widely accepted tool for verifying the integrity of CO2 storages.

The project will examine the European population's sense of security

Ensuring credible, independent, and secure monitoring of CO2 storage is a crucial component of gaining CCS support among the population and decision-makers in Europe.

One of the challenges associated with carbon capture and storage in Europe is discussions about the risk related to its safety. These fears have put CCS as a climate solution under pressure. Now the first major survey of people's perceived risks and opinions about carbon storage will be examined.

- Safe storage of CO2 is crucial for successful large-scale carbon capture and storage. Our goal with the project is to find the most useful and cost-effective way to monitor and verify storage. The climate problem is international, and international cooperation is therefore a key to progress, says NORSAR's CEO, Anne Lycke.

Includes an important collaboration with SINTEF

At the recent round table conference on secure storage, SINTEF and NORSAR signed a cooperation agreement on technology for verification and secure storage of CO2.

- We are very pleased that strong research environments such as SINTEF and NORSAR collaborates in such a meaningful project as this, this, says Executive Vice President of SINTEF, Morten Dalsmo.

NORSAR have for a long time worked to include other research environments in Norway on safe storage.

- The Norwegian environment is leading CCS efforts worldwide and we are happy to unite the Norwegian efforts within storage monitoring, says CEO Anne Lycke. 

Read more about the project here and direct questions to CEO Anne Lycke on 977 94 966.