Eureka World of Innovation

This first Norwegian-French-British 4-year project, labeled by EUROGIA+ and being funded by both Gassnova and French DGCIS cumulated more than 11 Million Euros. This is a major success which was all done within 9 months. If the Hurum site is found to be suitable, the project will go forward into its implementation phase (2010 – 2013) and the site could become a green laboratory next year: a unique tool for scientists who are developing the technology needed for secure underground storage of captured CO2.

The Hurum project is part of the efforts of scientists, industry and the authorities in several countries to develop technology capable of capturing and storing the greenhouse gas CO2 emitted by coal- and gas-fuelled power stations and by other industrial plants. Efficient CO2 capture and its subsequent underground storage in porous rocks is regarded as one of a number of important measures that need to be taken to combat global warming. In comparison with the size of such storage sites, only extremely modest amounts of CO2 will be pumped into the ground beneath Hurum. The idea is to test current methods for monitoring how the CO2 behaves deep below the surface at different storage sites, and thereby contribute to the development of regulations and procedures for CO2 storage monitoring.

With SINTEF acting as project manager, Norwegian, French and British scientists from both academia and industry are launching a geological pilot study that will determine whether the Hurum site is suitable for experiments of this sort, and whether implementing the plans for a laboratory is justifiable in environmental and safety terms. According to SINTEF, no other field laboratory anywhere in the world will simultaneously test so many monitoring methods at such depths as here.

The project at Hurum has been successfully submitted to EUROGIA+, the R&D programme for Low Carbon Energy Technologies sitting within the intergovernmental EUREKA procedure

Pilot studies have been carried out at several other locations, but Svelvik Ridge has emerged as the most suitable site in Norway for testing for CO2 monitoring systems.

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