The fight against climate change has had an active demand; Decarbonization, or reducing carbon emissions from human activity. The increase in global temperatures threatens the world. This is mostly caused by the accumulation of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Decarbonization is imperative because it is the only way to slow down or reverse this trend, which is threatening the health of our planet. This urgency has led several organizations, countries, and cities to pivot their goals and create more sustainable roadmaps that are aligned with future requirements.
Investing in CCUS technologies that capture carbon dioxide emissions from power plants and other industrial processes and store them underground or use them for other purposes has seen huge potential upsides in recent years. For instance, Norway's Hafslund Oslo Celsio carbon capture project has a significant capture capacity of 400,000 tonnes of CO2 per year. The waste-to-energy plant is responsible for 17 per cent of the city's emissions and is Oslo's biggest single emitter of CO2. From 2026, the target is that up to 400,000 tonnes of CO2 will be captured each year. This corresponds to the annual emissions from 200,000 cars!
The Nordic countries are forerunners in this development, and Citec – a Cyient company – has been happy to drive the decarbonization development for Oslo, the capital of Norway. The City of Oslo has ambitious climate targets and needs CO2 capture at the waste-to-energy plant to reach its goals. Of the many measures that can help societies achieve climate goals, carbon capture is seen among those with a significant actual climate effect.
Cyient has been actively involved in carbon capture and storage since 2016 – we have supported the decarbonization of industries, such as waste to energy, from feasibility to FEED. The decarbonization project of Oslo is a strong case where we as a company, right from the start, wanted to impact the environment strongly and measurably, fully in line with our strategy to help our customers reach their sustainability goals.
In 2022, we were proud to be selected as engineering partners for the CCS project. Before 2022, we also participated in the concept, pre-FEED, and FEED phases of the project. We have also been involved in further design optimizations and cost reduction initiatives in the application to the EU Innovation Fund, the negotiations of the EPC contract with Technip, a new CO2 capture piloting campaign, and the general benefit realization activities. In February 2019, the pilot plant began capturing its first CO₂.
It is commonly acknowledged that the Hafslund Oslo Celsio CCS project can contribute invaluable knowledge and experience to the industry as a whole, including the 450 waste-to-energy plants across Europe. "The carbon capture project is essential for Oslo to have the opportunity to achieve its climate goals in 2030", says Jannicke Gerner Bjerkås, Director CCS, Hafslund Oslo Celsio. "A realization of this project will give significant learning to other Norwegian and European cities that have targets for climate-positive waste handling. We have highly appreciated Citec's (a Cyient company) partnering attitude, expertise, and quality of deliverables throughout the project's different demanding phases", says Jannicke.
At Cyient, we are proud to be a partner in cases where industries are applying technology imaginatively to solve problems that matter to the planet.
Hafslund Oslo Celsio is joint-owned by Hafslund Eco (60%), Infranode (20%) and HitecVision (20%). Celsio is a leading clean-energy company that provides its customers with electricity, heating and cooling as well as smart solutions to improve resource efficiency.