Do you have 200,000 tons CO2 to spare? Scientists on Norway’s arctic island Svalbard are looking for it to test if its climate storage is as good as they expect.
In the last few year they have drilled eight reservoirs in the subsurface near Longyearbyen, the longest down to 970 meters depth. Analysis indicates that the rocks are suitable for CO2 storage.
20-30 year’s capacity
They have tested the reservoirs with water under pressure and it seems to be staying sealed. Now they would like to test it with 200,000 tons CO2 to ensure the gas stays in the reservoir without leaking.
Potentially, there is room to store Longyearbyen’s CO2 emissions, primarily from coal powered power plants, for the next 20-30 years.
Carbon neutral town
The initial goal is to make Longyearbyen Norway’s first carbon neutral town through carbon capture and storage.
As Svalbard and the seabed of the North Sea and the Barents Sea has very similar geology there are great potential to do similar but larger storage projects on the Norwegian continental shelf.
Several oil companies and research institutes are participating in the project hoping to learn be able to implement it in other parts of the world.
The scientists are contemplating three ways to obtain the CO2. One is to get equipment to clean emissions from the local power plant, another option is to invest in a machine that produces this greenhouse gas and the third option is to load a tanker with liquid CO2 and import gas to Svalbard.
You would hope they chose to clean the emissions from the local coal power plant.