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Nordic region to become expert at carbon capture and storage

  • Published 04/11/2011
NORDICCS, a Nordic user driven competence centre for realization of carbon capture and storage, has been launched at SINTEF Energy in Trondheim, Norway. In total, 35 million NOK will be invested by the Nordic countries over a four year period.

The main objective of NORDICCS is to boost the deployment of carbon capture and storage (CCS) in the Nordic countries by creating durable networks, boost innovation, and develop joint actions and processes to increase industry-driven innovation within CCS. The purpose is to demonstrate how this can contribute to the Nordic portfolio of climate change mitigation options and enable the Nordic countries to join forces to become pioneers in a large scale implementation of CCS.


Left to right: Rune Aarlien, Project Manager,  Nils Røkke, Head of Centre and Jon Magne Johansen, Operations Manager of NORDICCS - Nordic research and innovation centre for Carbon Capture and Storage.

Rune Aarlien, Project Manager,  Nils Røkke, Head of Centre and Jon Magne Johansen, Operations Manager

A call for proposal was launched in spring 2011 with the aim of establishing a virtual centre for realization of carbon capture and storage (CCS). SINTEF and a strong Nordic consortium of NORDICCS responded to the call, and were selected to receive funding. The head of the centre is Nils A. Røkke from SINTEF Energy.


The competence centre, which is operating under the Top-level Research Initiative, will develop a Nordic CCS platform for joint industry-research cooperation by involving major Nordic CCS stakeholders. Industry needs will in particular be addressed and dialogues with industry partners will continue through the project in order to include more companies.


- Norwegian Statoil, Gassco, Norcem and Icelandic Orkuveita Reykjavikur are currently onboard together with 17 other associated industry and institutional members, and we aim at including more partners, especially from the industry, Nils A. Røkke says.


Ivar Kristensen, Managing Director at Nordic Innovation, has high expectations to NORDICCS and emphasizes the importance of industry contribution to the centre.


- We look forward to the development of the centre which will constitute a Nordic model for a user driven competence centre where industry and research can interact on a joint platform, he says.


NORDICCS provides Nordic industry-driven leadership within CCS innovation and realization, and shall strengthen the competitiveness of the region. Building international networks and international cooperation will therefore be crucial in order to tap into global knowledge and innovation value chains.




NORDICCS partners



SINTEF Energy, SINTEF Petroleumsforskning, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Tel-Tek, Oslo University, Gassco, Norcem and Statoil. 


VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland.


Chalmers University of Technology, IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute and SGU Geological Survey of Sweden.


GEUS Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland.


University of Iceland and Reykjavik Energy.



About the Top-level Research Initiative

The Top-level Research Initiative’s sub-program on CCS will facilitate cooperation between industry, researchers and policymakers. A closer cooperation between the Nordic countries will strengthen position of the region as a CCS expert within the EU and globally. Coordination and dialogue between various national players is vital for the successful development of Nordic competence.