As part of the first phase of its CO2 transport and storage infrastructure development, Northern Lights has placed an order for two CO2 gas carriers. The vessels will be built by Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Co., Ltd. (DSIC) and are expected to be delivered in 2024.
The 130m-long ships will carry 7,500cu.m of liquid gas in purpose-built pressurised cargo tanks. The newbuildings will be primarily powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG). Innovative technologies include a wind-assisted propulsion system and air lubrication to reduce their own carbon emissions.
Northern Lights is a joint venture between energy companies Equinor, Shell and TotalEnergies. The venture is developing system to transport and dispose of carbon dioxide from European industrial producers. The ships will load captured and liquefied carbon dioxide and transport it to the Northern Lights terminal in Norway for intermediate storage, before being transported by pipeline for long-term storage in an offshore reservoir 2,600 m under the seabed. Through its cross-border CO2 transport and storage infrastructure, Northern Lights plans to enable the first European full-scale carbon capture and storage (CCS) value chain.
Northern Lights awards contract for dedicated CO₂ carriers