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ABB Powers Norway’s Northern Lights Carbon Capture Project

June 27, 2022
ABB’s automation, electrification and digital products will be used in “world’s first” open CO2 transport and storage infrastructure.

ABB will build an extended operator workstation at the Northern Lights terminal to enable remote operations, which will work in tandem with the central control room in Sture.

ABB says it has been contracted by engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor Aker Solutions, a provider of sustainable energy offerings, to deliver the main electrical, automation and safety systems for Norway’s Northern Lights project. ABB’s technology will be integrated into the Northern Lights project to enable the remote operation of a new carbon capture terminal.

A joint venture between Equinor, Shell and TotalEnergies, Northern Lights reportedly is the first industrial carbon capture and storage project to develop an open and flexible infrastructure to safely store CO2 from industries across Europe. The first phase of the project is due to be completed mid-2024 and will have the capacity to permanently store up to 1.5 million tons of CO2 per year, with the ambition to expand to over five million tons per year in a second development phase, according to ABB.

Using ABB’s distributed control system ABB Ability System 800xA, operators can gain greater visibility into the operation of the Northern Lights terminal, according to the company, with the ABB system analyzing real-time and historical data and instantly showing plant metrics and KPIs.

“The ability to capture and store industrial CO2 emissions, which cannot currently be prevented, is critical if the world is to reach net zero by 2050 with a global capacity of 1.7 billion tons of CO2 capture re-quired by 2030,” says Per Erik Holsten, head of ABB energy industries in Northern Europe. “Northern Lights is an important development not only for its contribution to rebalancing the carbon cycle, but also for its commitment to innovation. We are very pleased to be part of this exciting project that will contribute to a safer, smarter and more sustainable future.”

Purpose-built ships will transport captured and liquefied CO2 from emitters to the Northern Lights Øygarden Terminal in western Norway, which will be remotely operated from Equinor’s facilities at the Sture Terminal located approximately 7 km away. To enable remote operations, ABB will build a state-of-the-art extended operator workstation at the Northern Lights Terminal, which will work in tandem with the central control room in Sture, with the two communicating to minimize response times and support 24/7 remote operations.

For more information, visit: www.abb.com

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