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Greenhouse gas network

November 14, 2002, 12:00 CET

A new European network on dealing with carbon dioxide has been launched with Statoil participation, and companies from all over the continent are being invited to take part.

This link-up will cover topics relating to the greenhouse gas issue, and aims to involve universities and research institutes as well as companies. Statoil sits on the network’s board.

The initiative was launched in connection with the European Research 2002 conference organised by the European Union in Brussels from 11-13 November.

This brought together more than 8 000 delegates from all over Europe, reports staff engineer Tore A Torp at Statoil’s research centre in Trondheim.

He was one of three representatives from the group at the conference, which also launched the EU’s sixth framework programme for research and development.

Statoil’s handling of carbon dioxide attracted great attention at the meeting, says Mr Torp. Its exhibit on technology for dealing with this gas had a large number of visitors.

Experience with injecting carbon dioxide below ground on its Sleipner East field in the North Sea has made the group a leader in the field. It has similar plans for Snøhvit in the Barents Sea.

This was also the subject of a paper presented to the conference by programme manager Trude Sundset in Technology. She outlined what Statoil has done so far and its future plans.

The conference attracted great attention, and has a budget which ranks as the fourth largest in an EU context.