Sharing data from Northern Lights well

October 19, 2020 11:30 CEST | Last modified March 16, 2021 13:53 CET
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The Northern Lights project will disclose datasets from the confirmation well 31/5-7 Eos drilled in the North Sea and completed earlier this year. Extensive amounts of data have been acquired through coring, logging, sampling and a production test.

Equinor is developing the Northern Lights project with Shell and Total as equal partners.

Willing to share knowledge in a transparent manner the Northern Lights projects partners have decided to give open access to 31/5-7 Eos well data and make such data available for download.

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Project director Sverre Overå

“The Northern Lights project believes data sharing can play an important role in building trust in the technology as well as unlocking value and innovation potential in the CCS industry”, says Sverre Overå, project director.

“Disclosing the Northern Lights dataset is in line with our focus on external collaboration and more open innovation. We believe open innovation will contribute to new ideas and new digital solutions enabling acceleration of decarbonisation of the world’s energy systems. We encourage data sharing to support partners, suppliers and academia with the latest data and developments in the industry”, says Torbjørn Folgerø, chief digital officer at Equinor.

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Torbjørn Folgerø, chief digital officer at Equinor.

The data acquired from drilling well 31/5-7 confirmed a suitable reservoir for the storage of CO2.

The gathered data will be made available via Equinor’s OMNIA platform. The released data discloses relevant subsurface data including well log data, core data and well test data. They can be used by interested parties for evaluation and research for the benefit of the emerging CCS business.

The dataset comprises approximately 850 files and more than 83 Gigabytes, and can be accessed through the Equinor data portal:

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Schematic of the subsurface going from south to north through the 31/5-7 (Eos) CO2 confirmation well. The CO2 plume extent after 37.5 Mt injection is illustrated in magenta.

The Norwegian Full-Scale CCS project “Langskip” is the first industry scale project for capture and storage of CO2 on the Norwegian continental shelf.

Exploitation license EL001 for CO2 storage, was awarded to the partners in January 2019. The 31/5-7 confirmation well (Eos) within EL001 licence was drilled and tested from 2nd December 2019 to 7th March 2020.

The Eos well targeted the Dunlin Group Geological formation as the primary storage, where the sandstone-bearing Cook and Johansen formations both can serve as storage units for the injected CO2.

The cap rock consists of impermeable claystones called Drake Formation, which prevents the CO2 from migrating out of the Dunlin Group.

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Northern Lights

  • The Northern Lights project is part of the Norwegian full-scale carbon capture and storage (CCS) project “Langskip (Longship),” supported by the Norwegian government. The project will initially include capture of CO2 from Norwegian industrial capture sources. The Northern Lights project comprises transportation, receipt and permanent storage of CO₂ in a reservoir in the northern North Sea.
  • Initially, Northern Lights includes capacity to transport, inject and store up to 1.5 million tonnes of CO2 per year. Once the CO2 is captured onshore, it will be transported by ships, injected and permanently stored 2,600 meters below the seabed of the North Sea.
  • The facilities are scheduled to be operational in 2024.
  • The CO2 receiving terminal will be located at the premises of Naturgassparken industrial area in the municipality of Øygarden in Western Norway. 
  • The plant will be operated from Equinor’s facilities at the Sture terminal in Øygarden.
  • Exploitation licence EL001 "Aurora" was awarded in January 2019.
  • The geological storage complex is located 2,600 meters below the seabed.
  • In March 2020 the Eos confirmation well was successfully drilled completed.