Wintershall Dea expands its activities for the long-term and safe underground storage of CO2 offshore in Denmark. On December 1, 2022, the company, together with other companies, signed an agreement to jointly pursue and develop the “Greenport Scandinavia” concept. Together, the companies intend to reduce a CO2hub near Hirtshals on the Danish North Sea coast. Among other things, the hub is to be connected to the value chain of the Greensand CCS project, in which Wintershall Dea plays a key role.
“Wintershall Dea is already an important partner for CO2-Transport infrastructure and underground storage of CO2in the North Sea,” said Hugo Dijkgraaf, Member of the Executive Board and Chief Technology Officer at Wintershall Dea, at the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). “By participating in Greenport Scandinavia, we are showing that we are continuing to drive decarbonisation. We enter into selected partnerships like this and also apply for CCS licenses.” Steen Harding Hintze, CEO of Greenport North, added: “With Wintershall Dea, we have gained an experienced partner and are confident that we will be able to leverage essential synergies through this merger. CCS is an essential part of Denmark’s decarbonisation strategy. A rapid development of CO2hubs is therefore of great importance to us.”
Greenport Scandinavia is to be used as a collection point for CO2serve to create during the production process in regional biogas plants. Subsequently, it will be transported by ship to Project Greensand in order to store it permanently and safely in a degraded oil reservoir. Around 1.5 million tonnes of CO2are to be stored per year, which should also come from Baltic riparian states. The use of biogas results in negative emissions that can make a significant contribution to achieving Denmark’s climate policy goals.
With its participation in Greenport Scandinavia, Wintershall Dea is now entering the Danish market with an additional CCS activity. Project Greensand aims to store the first CO as early as the beginning of 2023.2test quantities. From 2030, the annual storage potential is expected to be around four to eight million tonnes of CO2.
Greenport Scandinavia and Project Greensand are two important building blocks for the transport and storage of CO2emissions in Northern Europe. The experience gained here goes hand in hand with the development of CO2hubs in Wilhelmshaven, Germany. Together with other partners, Wintershall Dea is developing the CO2nnectNow project, also a collection point for CO2emissions on the German North Sea coast. More than ten million tons of CO2are to be transported annually from there to offshore deposits in the North Sea.