Equinor Opts for Nippon Steel OCTG Seamless Pipes for CCS Project
Nippon Steel Corporation has been selected by Equinor as provider of High alloy OCTG seamless pipes to the Northern Lights Joint Venture, a carbon dioxide capture and storage value chain operator in the North Sea in Europe. Nippon Steel’ high alloy OCTG have been proven to perform the world's best corrosion resistance and can be used in a high concentration CO2 environment without causing corrosion. The construction has already started for the go-live in 2024 and Nippon Steel has so far supplied nearly 130 pieces, 1,550 meters, of carbon steel seamless pipe. Recently, high-alloy OCTG has also been ordered by the project, and Nippon Steel plan to start supplying approximately 120 pieces, 1,390 meters, in October 2021.
In this large-scale development, CO2 emitted from industrial facilities in Norway and other European countries will be collected and transported to an intermediate storage facility, before it is transported by pipeline 100km offshore before injected into a subsurface reservoir 2600 meters under the seabed. The high concentrated and liquefied CO2, requires the steel pipe to be extremely resistant to corrosion.
Northern Lights is the transport and storage component of Norway’s Longship project, which includes capture of CO2 from industrial point sources in the Oslo region. Northern Lights ships the CO2 to an onshore terminal on the Norwegian west coast and, from there, transport the liquefied CO2 by pipeline to a subsea storage location in the North Sea. It will also offer companies across Europe the opportunity to store their CO2 safely and permanently deep under the seabed in Norway. When Northern Lights starts operations in 2024, it will be the first ever cross-border, open-source CO2 transport and storage infrastructure network. Northern Lights was incorporated in March 2021 as a partnership between Equinor, Shell and TotalEnergies. Equinor is the service provider for the execution and operation of the Northern Lights onshore and offshore facilities. The project is scheduled to be operational in 2024.
The carbon dioxide capture and storage technology to collect CO2 emitted from power plants, chemical plants, etc. after isolating it from other gases and then store and inject it deep underground.https://www.nipponsteel.com/common/secure/en/news/20210720_100_01.jpg