Preem assesses carbon capture from Lysekil refinery

Mar 01 2018

Preem has started a CLIMIT supported carbon capture (CCS) study on their refinery in Lysekil.

The idea study to be conducted in spring 2018 will examine whether it is possible to build a demonstration plant at Preem's refinery in Lysekil to capture CO2 and thus reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The geographical location of Preem on the Swedish west coast mean that it is relevant to consider a connection to the Norwegian full-scale CCS project. The goal is a full-scale CCS capture plant at the refinery, and then transport of the liquified CO2 by boat to the planned CCS hub on the Norwegian west coast for permanent storage in a formation below the seabed 50 km west of Bergen.

"The vision is a full-scale CCS plant that radically reduces the greenhouse gas emissions from the refinery. We want to lead the transformation into a more sustainable society, and then we must take responsibility for reducing the climate impact of our businesses. To reduce greenhouse gas emissions through CCS technology is an important step to achieve Swedish and global climate goals, "says Mattias Backmark, Head of Business Development in Preem, in a press release from the company today.

The feasibility study is funded by Gassnova's research and development program CLIMIT and led by the Norwegian research institute Sintef with Preem and Chalmers University in Gothenburg as members of the project for the Lysekil study.

An important part of identifying possibilities for reaching the project objective is to map technology, both in terms of where CO2 capture can be demonstrated at the Preem refineries, and what technology options there are for demonstration. Also, options for on-site liquefaction of captured CO2 will be described and evaluated.

Preem is Sweden's largest fuel company. Their vision is to lead the transformation into a sustainable society. Preem's two refineries are among the most modern and environmentally friendly in Europe with a refining capacity of over 18 million cubic meters of crude oil per year. But the refineries have CO2 emissions of 1.5 tonnes in Lysekil and 0.5 tonnes in Gothenburg respectively.


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