Joining forces on carbon dioxide

August 1, 1998, 10:00 CEST

Environmental technology required to separate carbon dioxide from gas turbine flue gases and inject it beneath the seabed for secure deposition is to be developed jointly by Statoil and BP.

Such solutions are being considered by Statoil for its gas treatment plant at Kårstø north of Stavanger, reports Eivind Aarebrot. He heads the group's three-year programme for reducing carbon dioxide emissions. Plans call for flue gases to be piped from Kårstø to the Sleipner area of the North Sea and deposited there permanently. BP has its own carbon dioxide programme, and Jan Erik Geirmo in the UK oil major's Norwegian subsidiary sees opportunities for using this greenhouse gas to improve oil recovery from the Schrader Bluff reservoir on Alaska's North Slope. Mr Aarebrot describes the agreement as an extension of the Statoil/BP alliance announced in 1990. By combining their resources, the companies believe they will be better equipped to meet the climate challenge. Statoil's carbon dioxide programme aims to reduce emissions over the next 10 years by 30 per cent compared with the level they would reach if no action were taken.