ACCSESS project pilot launched in Norway with Saipem’s CO2 Solutions technology

The Hafslund Oslo Celsio mobile CO2 capture plant in Klemetsrud has been started up with CO2 Solutions technology provided by Saipem. This plant is the pilot of the ACCSESS project, a four-year Horizon 2020 project that aims to demonstrate technologies and produce tools and plans that aim to consolidate carbon dioxide capture and utilization or storage (CCUS) technologies. The pilot marks the first important milestone of the ACCSESS project.

Saipem has completed all the appropriate modifications to the mobile plant in order to operate with its CO2 Solutions technology, identified as the leading technology of the ACCSESS project. At this stage, the pilot is already capturing CO2 and all parameters will be optimized.

After the completion of test campaign in Klemetsrud, the pilot will be moved to Technology Centre Mongstad for integration with a Rotating Packed Bed absorber unit developed by PROSPIN and constructed by Proceler. This represents the next stage of development of the CO2 Solutions technology, with the aim to provide the market with a modular, fast and easy-to-build product. From 2023 to 2024, CO2 capture test campaigns will be conducted at the Stora Enso kraft pulp mill in Skutskär (Sweden) and at the HeidelbergCement kiln in Górażdże (Poland).

ACCSESS started in May 2021 and is coordinated by SINTEF Energy Research in Norway. Its consortium consists of 18 partners from eight different countries, which together represent four industrial sectors with the potential to drastically reduce CO2 emissions, provided the financial, legal and regulatory conditions are in place.

Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) is one of the several technologies that will be necessary for limiting the increase in global temperatures to 1.5˚C.

“It’s really exciting that ACCSESS can start the pilot tests of this environmentally friendly capture technology after only a year,” said Project Coordinator Kristin Jordal from SINTEF Energy Research. “This is thanks to Hafslund Oslo Celsio allowing us to use their mobile pilot test rig.” The CO2 Solutions technology is part of Saipem’s commitment to support its customers on the path to net zero, in line with Saipem’s approach to “Engineering for a sustainable future”.