• Baker Hughes and Borg CO2 to collaborate on CCS hub in Viken region of Norway

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      Patrick Lavery

      Combustion Industry News Editor

Energy technology company Baker Hughes and Norwegian carbon capture and storage developer Borg CO2 AS have signed a memorandum of understanding to “collaborate on a carbon capture and storage project to serve as a hub for the decarbonization of industrial sites in the Viken region of Norway”, in the words of their press release. Interestingly, the collaboration seems to be aimed at helping industrial facilities capture carbon dioxide, liquify and store (and/or use) it, but only temporarily, with final transport and permanent storage being carried out by Northern Lights JV, which has a separate MoU with Borg CO2. In this industrial model of capture and temporary storage, the final transport and permanent storage is therefore a further division of the idea of a CO2 collection and disposal utility, itself only several years old. The Baker Hughes-Borg CO2 project would serve industrial facilities located in the cities of Fredrikstad, Sarpborg and Halden (which together emit some 700,000 tonnes of CO2 annually), and involve some utilisation of captured carbon dioxide, with the majority being stored geologically. For Baker Hughes, the project would provide the opportunity “test and scale its wide-ranging carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) technologies portfolio on several types of processes including its Chilled Ammonia Process (CAP) and Compact Carbon Capture (CCC) solutions”. Borg is currently carrying out an extended feasibility study for the project, and Baker Hughes will provide input into process.