Snohvit LNG Project

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The Snohvit LNG Project is an offshore LNG project with Carbon Capture and Storage(CCS) in the Barents Sea which has been developed by Statoil.

The project involves the development of three gas fields, the Snohvit, Askeladd and Albatross fields with the gas transported to land through a 143-kilometre pipeline. The Snohvit itself involves the drilling of nine wells, eight for production and one for the re-injection of carbon dioxide.[1]

As of July 2010, Statoil lists the consortium partners as Statoil with 33.53%, Petoro 30%, Total E&P Norge 18.4%, GDF Suez E&P 12%, Hess 3.26% and RWE Dea Norge 2.81%.[1]

CCS

Statoil states that the gas which is piped from the Snøhvit field to Melkøya processing plant outside Hammerfest contains 5-8% carbon dioxide. The C02 is separated from the natural gas, piped back via a 153km pipeline to the "edge of the Snøhvit reservoir" and reinjected at a depth of 2600 metres beneath the seabed. Statoil states that "at full capacity on Snøhvit, 700,000 tonnes of CO2 will be stored per year". The company also states that "a shale cap which lies above the sandstone will seal the reservoir and ensure that the CO2 stays underground without leaking to the surface."[2]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Statoil, "Facts about Snøhvit", Statoil website, accessed July 2010.
  2. Statoil, "Carbon storage started on Snøhvit", Media Release, April 2008.

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