Last year, the Danish gas equipment specialist secured cargo pump orders for Northern Lights’ first two LCO2 carriers.
The vessels are being built at Dalian Shipbuilding Offshore (DSOC) in China.
The three ships are the world's largest of their kind, and this latest order represents a significant milestone for Svanehøj's ambitions in carbon capture and storage (CCS).
Svanehøj supplied its first CO2 pump system for an LCO2 carrier in the 1990s. The company has identified CCS as a future growth segment, so the Northern Lights project is of great strategic importance.
“It is of great value to us that the owner and the gas contractor are showing continued trust in our pumps by awarding us this contract for the third Northern Lights carrier,” says Nithin Sudarsan, Sales Director (Gas) at Svanehøj. “It will also be strategically important for the other projects we are working on. We see a lot of activity in the LCO2 segment, and we are talking with yards and gas contractors worldwide about opportunities that could materialize in the short term. Although long-term storage of CO2 is currently in a rudimentary stage, we at Svanehøj already have the experience and competencies to supply the pumping systems.”
Northern Lights is developing the world’s first open-source CO2 transport and storage infrastructure in Norway. The Northern Lights LCO2 carriers will each have a cargo capacity of 7,500 m3, custom-built with pressurised cargo tanks for transporting liquefied CO2. Svanehøj will deliver two deepwell CO2 cargo pumps of 15 metres for each ship. Once operational, the ships will transport CO2 from industrial emitters in Norway and other European countries to a receiving terminal in western Norway for intermediate storage, before being transported by pipeline for permanent storage in a geological reservoir 2,600 metres under the seabed.