TotalEnergies acquires 40% stake in Norway CO2 storage project

TotalEnergies, the French energy major, has entered into an agreement to acquire a 40% participating interest held by CapeOmega Carbon Storage AS, a subsidiary of CapeOmega AS, in the CO2 storage exploration license ExL004, also known as the “Luna” project. ExL004 covers an area of 453 square kilometers and is located 120 km offshore Bergen in 200 meters of water depth. The license is adjacent to the site of the Northern Lights CO2 storage project, in which TotalEnergies already holds a 33% participating interest. The first phase of the Northern Lights project is set to begin in 2024.

The Luna project is operated by Wintershall DEA Norge AS, which holds a 60% participating interest. The acquisition is contingent upon satisfying customary conditions, including obtaining final approvals from relevant government authorities.

This acquisition is viewed as a significant step for TotalEnergies to expand its carbon capture and storage (CCS) capabilities. The Luna project’s exploration area, if successful, could potentially provide storage capacity for several hundred million tons of CO2 emissions from hard-to-abate industries in Europe. TotalEnergies is focused on a systematic approach to carbon emissions reduction, first by avoiding and then by reducing emissions. The company is developing industrial projects for carbon storage to address residual emissions.

“This transaction is an important milestone to grow our CO2 storage offering: subject to a successful exploration, this area could enable the storage of several hundred million tons of CO2 from hard-to-abate industries in Europe,” said Arnaud Le Foll, Senior Vice-President New Business – Carbon Neutrality at TotalEnergies.

“With the Northern Lights start-up in 2024 and other projects under development in the Netherlands, Denmark and the UK, TotalEnergies is building a world-class carbon storage portfolio across the North Sea. Norway will play a leading role in this portfolio thanks to its large geological storages and supportive government policies.”

With projects like Northern Lights in Norway, Aramis in the Netherlands, and Bifrost in Denmark, TotalEnergies aims to contribute to the substantial decarbonization of European businesses. The company’s comprehensive portfolio of projects across the North Sea reflects its commitment to carbon neutrality and aligns with supportive government policies in the region.

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