World’s First CO2-Storage Vessels


ABB has been contracted to supply shaft generator systems with magnet technology for the world’s first CO2-storage vessels which are part of the Northern Lights carbon capture project, reports Bunker Spot.

Transporting GHG

The two vessels will be constructed by the Chinese shipbuilder Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Company (DSIC) and are scheduled for delivery in 2024. They will support the Northern Lights carbon capture and storage (CCS) project by transporting greenhouse gas from industrial emitters to an onshore terminal in Øygarden, Norway.

From there, the CO2 will be delivered by pipeline to dedicated reservoirs 2,600 metres under the seabed in the North Sea for permanent storage. Each of the 130-metre ships will be able to carry up to 7,500 cubic metres of liquefied CO2 in purpose-built pressurised cargo tanks.

Magnet shaft generator system

ABB’s permanent magnet shaft generator system will increase the fuel efficiency of these vessels, thereby reducing emissions. Combining this technology with variable speed engines allows harvesting power for all onboard systems through the rotating force of the shaft, significantly improving performance compared to a traditional set-up with fixed speed engines.

ABB’s scope of supply also covers full engineering and commissioning services. In addition, the vessels will have access to the ABB Ability Marine Remote Diagnostic System for continuous equipment monitoring, optimised machinery and planned-maintenance activities, and reduced maintenance costs.

ABB announced in June 2022 that it will also deliver the main electrical, automation and safety systems for the Northern Lights project, enabling the remote operation of the terminal.

Northern Lights, a joint venture between Equinor, Shell and Total, is the first CCS project to develop an open and flexible infrastructure to store CO2 from industries across Europe. The first phase of the project is due to be completed mid-2024 and will have the capacity to permanently store up to 1.5 million tons of CO2 per year, with the ambition to expand to over five million tons annually in a second phase.

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Source: Bunker Spot


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