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Northern Lights is due to start operations in 2024.

By Joseph Murphy


Europe Technology Norway

Swiss tech firm ABB has secured a contract from Aker Solutions to deliver the main electrical, automation and safety systems for the Equinor-led Northern Lights carbon capture and storage (CCS) project, it said on June 22.

ABB's automation, electrical and digital solutions will enable the remote operation of a new carbon capture terminal. It will deploy its ABB Ability 880xA system to gain greater visibility into the terminal's operation.

Due to come online in mid-2024, Northern Lights will initially store up to 1.5mn metric tons/year of CO2, with its capacity due to increase to more than 5mn mt/yr during a second phase.

“Northern Lights is an important development not only for its contribution to rebalancing the carbon cycle but also for its commitment to innovation," the head of ABB Energy Industries in north Europe, Per Erik Holsten, said in a statement. "We are very pleased to be part of this exciting project that will contribute to a safer, smarter and more sustainable future.”