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Horisont Energi and Koole Terminals partner for CCS

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Anamika Talwaria

Editor & Head of Content for Tank Storage Magazine & StocExpo and Chair of Women in Tanks.

Horisont Energi and Koole Terminals have signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding to continue their collaboration to explore the potential development of a European carbon capture and storage (CCS) value chain. It is the intention of the parties to develop and market Gismarvik, Norway’s largest planned CO2 import terminal, with volumes anticipated to flow from a new CO2 export terminal, which Koole Terminals is exploring in Rotterdam (Netherlands) and various other countries.

The potential new terminal to be developed in the Port of Rotterdam would be connected to the planned Delta Rhine Corridor CO2 pipeline, allowing volumes to be gathered from several places on the continent, and shipped to carbon storage terminals, like the Gismarvik CO2 Terminal in Norway.

A potential Koole Terminals CO2 Terminal in Rotterdam could have an intermediate CO2 storage capacity of up to 200,000 tonnes of CO2, accommodating transport of multi-millions of tonnes of CO2 to carbon storage annually.

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The intention for a Gismarvik CO2 terminal is to become an injection hub for CO2 before permanent storage at Horisont Energi’s or at other carbon storage locations on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. With an anticipated annual capacity of 20-24 million tonnes, following design maturation and development, the Gismarvik CO2 terminal has the potential to function as intermedia storage for several CO2 storage projects.

A fit-for-purpose CO2 injection solution and system design has already been developed for the offshore part. Horisont Energi has developed plans and started permitting for such a terminal covering offloading from ships, temporary storage, process, and compression prior to pipeline transport to subsea reservoirs for sequestration.

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‘Our ambition is to build a carbon capture and storage value chain in Europe together with our partners. A proposed CO2 terminal in Rotterdam is intended to play a central role in this context as the gateway from Europe to Norway’s CCS market, both in terms of existing and our planned new carbon storage licences. Koole Terminals’ strong customer base and experience in operating major liquid bulk terminals in central ports of Europe is anticipated to aid in contributing to acceleration of the establishment of the CCS value chain. We look forward to continuing our close collaboration,’ says Bjørgulf Haukelidsæter Eidesen, CEO of Horisont Energi.

‘Material progress has been made in enhancing our potential CO2 intermediate storage capabilities at Rotterdam since our collaboration commenced. We recognise the synergies in engaging in the potential joint development of the Gismarvik CO2 terminal in Norway, drawing upon our extensive expertise in managing terminals and logistics,’ adds John Kraakman, CEO of Koole Terminals.

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Horisont Energi and Koole Terminals also expect to explore certification solutions to develop fully auditable comingled inventory control, emission certification, traceability management, and trading solutions for CO2.

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