Carbfix builds a CO2 Mineral Storage Terminal in Iceland

Apr 22 2021

Industrial emitters in Northern Europe can now store their CO2 in Iceland where it will be injected into the basaltic bedrock and turned into stone via the Carbfix technology.

The preparation phase for the Coda Terminal, a CO2 Mineral Storage Terminal, is now underway. The Terminal will be based in the bay of Straumsvík, in South West Iceland, and will be equipped to receive large quantities of CO2 transported by ship. At full scale, the Coda Terminal will provide an annual storage amounting to three million tonnes of CO2.

Edda Sif Pind Aradóttir, CEO of Carbfix, said, "The Coda Terminal will launch a new climate-friendly industry that is based on innovative solutions and up-scaled climate action. By receiving CO2 from neighbouring countries for permanent mineral storage, Iceland takes on a pioneering role within Europe."

The Coda Terminal will receive CO2 transported by specifically designed ships operating on sustainable fuel. The transport of CO2 to Iceland is enabled by the low costs associated with onshore mineral storage. In fact, the Coda Terminal will be the first large scale geological storage project in Europe that is carried out onshore. The Carbfix technology will then be used to permanently and safely turn CO2 into stone, deep within the basaltic bedrock. The Terminal will also be able to store CO2 from local industries, as well as CO2 captured directly from the air (DAC).

The nature of mineral storage operations allows for a gradual build-up of the site with minimal risk. The Coda Terminal will be constructed in three phases, with a full-scale capacity of three million tonnes of CO2 annually. The preparation phase will begin in 2021 with engineering and permitting processes. Drilling of the first wells will start in 2022, with the aim of commencing operations in 2025 and reaching full scale by 2030.

Nature stores vast quantities of CO2 in rocks. The Carbfix process accelerates this natural process by dissolving CO2 in water before injecting it deep underground, where it turns into solid minerals in less than two years. The only feedstock for the process is water, electricity, CO2 and reactive rock formations such as basalts, and the entire on-site operations will run on renewable energy.

“The environment in Straumsvík, with its fresh basaltic lavas and vast sources of groundwater streams, is perfectly suited for permanent and safe CO2 mineral storage. The power requirements are minimal, and the transmission grid and an industrial harbour are already in place,” says Aradóttir, adding that the storage capacity is more than sufficient, as Carbfix geologists estimate that Iceland alone could store around 80-200 times the annual global emission of CO2.

The Icelandic parliament recently adopted the EU’s CCS Directive to comply with safe transport and storage of CO2 in Iceland. The legislation enables emitters that fall under the Emission Trading System (ETS) to use the Carbfix technology to reduce their emission. "The Directive has created an incentive for companies to adopt innovative carbon capture and storage technologies, like Carbfix. The price of emission allowance has increased rapidly lately and currently sits at about €42/tonne. This is significantly higher than the costs associated with Carbfix's ongoing CCS project in Iceland. We are quite certain that the cost of storage at the Coda Terminal will be considerably lower than €20/tonne."

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