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DNV GL approves Shell's CO2 technology use at Fortum's plant

OSLO, July 2 (Reuters) - EShell’s carbon dioxide capture technology has been approved for use at Fortum’s waste-to-energy plant in Oslo, the risk management and quality assurance firm DNV GL said on Thursday.

Fortum plans to build a full scale CO2 capture facility at the plant to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 400,000 tonnes per year, the equivalent of emissions from 200,000 cars.

The pilot project showed that Shell’s CONSOLV CO2 technology could capture more than 90% of CO2 from the flue gas, DNV GL, which certifies that technology is as described and meets existing standards, said in a statement.

“The third-party technology qualification by DNV GL gave us confidence that the project risk related to implementing the Shell technology was low,” said Jannicke Gerner Bjerkas, the head of the project at the plant.

Fortum’s plant is a part of a larger carbon capture and storage (CCS) project in Norway, which aims to capture emissions from industrial sites and inject them into offshore storage.

In April, DNV GL approved the use of carbon capture technology developed by Norway’ Aker Solutions at Norcem’s cement plant in Brevik, Norway.

The two projects, if built, are expected to reduce emissions by a total of 800,000 tonnes per year.

The Norwegian government is still deciding whether to support the CCS project, which could cost around 25 billion crowns ($2.65 billion), including two carbon capture installations, storage and operating costs for ten years.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) says CCS technology is crucial to limiting global warming, helping to decarbonise industries such as cement production, but opponents say it could prolong the use of fossil fuels. ($1 = 9.4516 Norwegian crowns) (Reporting by Nerijus Adomaitis; Editing by Kirsten Donovan)

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