International CCS projects

Sleipner, Norway

The Sleipner CCS project, operated by Statoil, was the world’s first industrial scale CCS project and began storing carbon dioxide (CO2) in 1996. Sleipner is a natural gas field located in the North Sea; carbon dioxide has to be separated from the gas for the natural gas to meet market specifications.

Around one million tonnes of carbon dioxide is injected annually into a saline formation located one kilometre below the seabed.

To find out more visit the Statoil website.

In Salah, Algeria

BP, Sonatrach and Statoil operate a natural gas development which removes one million tonnes a year of carbon dioxide from natural gas. Since 2004 the project has compressed, dehydrated, transported (via two pipelines) and stored the carbon dioxide in a deep saline formation close to the gas-field. Three state-of-the-art horizontal wells are used to store the carbon dioxide 2km below ground. The storage formation is a low-permeability Carboniferous Sandstone, which is commonly found in the USA, northwest Europe and China – regions with high carbon dioxide emissions.

Snøhvit, Norway

Statoil operates a CCS project at the Snøhvit Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) plant. The CO2 is separated from natural gas before the gas is liquefied as LNG. The project began operation in 2008 and stores up to 700,000 tonnes of CO2 per year in a depleted natural gas reservoir deep below the seabed.

To find out more visit the Statoil website.

Weyburn, Canada

Three million tonnes of carbon dioxide are captured annually from the Dakota Gasification Company’s Great Plains Synfuels Plant in the USA and transported several hundred kilometres by pipeline to the Weyburn oil field in Saskatchewan, Canada, for enhanced oil recovery and storage in a depleting oil field. Over 18 million tonnes of carbon dioxide have been stored to date in the Weyburn field.

Further resources on international CCS projects

The Scottish Centre for Carbon Storage have developed a world map showing a number of large commercial CCS tests or propositions in various locations.

The US Department of Energy has launched an online database of CCS projects around the world as a Google Earth layer. View the database and the press release.

The Global CCS Institute published a report entitled Strategic Analysis of the Global Status of CCS.

IEA GHG has an online CCS RD&D projects database.

The Zero Emission Resource Organisation is a Norwegian not-for-profit organisation that contributes to limiting the threat posed by climate change by promoting carbon-free energy solutions. Their map shows detailed information on international CCS projects.

CO2CRC also has a map of active demonstration projects across the world.

Those projects that have received funding through the European Energy Programme for Recovery are listed here.

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