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CO2 Storage – NCCS

Storage of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the subsurface can be an important strategy for reducing emissions of climate gases to the atmosphere from large point sources. Aim of the group is to research on safe and efficient storage of CO2 in rock formations on the seabed or other geological environments. The group covers several projects and contribute to FME-centres for achievement of knowledge for future CO2 storage.

Storage of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the subsurface for an example under the seabed on the continental shelf is a promissing solution to reduce CO2 emissions to the atmosphere. The research group on CO2 Storage at Dept of Geosciences has over several years acquired considerable experience with the geochemical reactions that occur between minerals, water and different gases, as well as through our petroleum related Research at the department. 

We have been partners in the FME centre SUCCESS (2009 - 2018) and recently now participate in the FME centre NCCS – Industry driven innovation for fast track CCS deployment, hosted by SINTEF, wich will operate for eight years (2016 - 2024).

Professor Alvar Braathen currently leads the research group which includes several PhD’s and postdoc’s collaborating with other CCS projects at the department.

NCCS – FME Centre

NCCS – A FME Centre funded by The Research Council of Norway. Link: FME

Norway is strongly committed to reducing atmospheric CO2 and combatting climate change. NCCS, the Norwegian CCS Research Centre, is an FME (Centre for Environment Friendly Energy Research). The NCCR centre aims to fast-track large scale geological storage of CO2 through industry driven innovation and address major barriers to deployment.

The research centre is organized in two deployment cases where the first is aimed at Norwegian industry and the second at storing large quantities of European CO2 in the North Sea Basin.

The project flow in NCCS consists of 12 tasks addressing many different aspects of the CO2 storage chain including various issues associated with capture, transport and storage. At the University of Oslo Associate Professor Elin Skurtveit (NGI & GEO) leads Task 9 – Structural derisking. This task aims to reduce risk related to injecting and storing CO2 and develop techniques to address fault-sealing and integrity. Specific aims to address include:

  • Faults and migration pathways in the Smeaheia region
  • How to improve geological and geomechanical models for the area
  • Challenges related to pressure depletion prior to injection
  • Improved models for along fault flow and fault reactivation
  • The possibility of additional storage volumes related to satellite storage sites (additional injection wells) in the Smeaheia region

The NCCS – Industry driven innovation for fast track CCS deployment centre is hosted by SINTEF Energy Research in collaboration with universities across the world and a large number of industry partners. From University of Oslo there are two partners and contributors to NCCS:

CO2 Storage – SUCCESS-CEER (2009 - 2018)

SUCCESS – A FME Centre funded by The Research Council of Norway.

The research group on CO2 Storage at Dept of Geosciences was one partner in the SUCCESS centre - Critical Elements and Superior Strategy, one of the centres for environment-friendly energy research (FME). The centre was for the period (2009 - 2018).

Department of Geosciences served as the Oslo-node of the centre as SUCCESS – CEER with additional contributions from the research groups: 

Final reports to be found at:

Tags: CO2 Storage, SUCCESS-FME, NCCS - FME
Published Jan. 4, 2019 12:39 PM - Last modified Sep. 16, 2020 11:01 AM