08/09/2021 – Energy / Environment / Carbon Capture / Storage / CO2 / Welltec / Demark / Greensand
Welltec becomes key partner in Denmark’s ‘Project Greensand’
Energy sector technology stalwart Welltec has become a central partner in Demark’s Project Greensand – an ambitious and innovative initiative to develop new ways to capture and store CO2.
Welltec has a long history of engineering and delivering solutions that target complex challenges in the energy sector, and with its participation in the ground-breaking Project Greensand, the firm is now looking to help address and meet the 70-per-cent reduction of CO2 targets by 2030, as set by Danish government.
CCS has critical role to play in averting climate crisis
On 9th August, the UN Climate Panel published its report that paints a bleak forecast for our climate and signals a ‘code red for humanity’. A summer of floods and fires across Europe, only proving that the climate crisis continues to move closer to our reality. There is an immediate need for measures to effectively reduce CO2 emissions and CO2 capture and storage (CCS) has a critical role to play.
Project Greensand is one such groundbreaking initiative. It consists of a consortium of 29 companies led by INEOS Energy and Wintershall Dea, with the goal being to develop a full CCS value chain in Denmark. The ambition is safe CO2 storage in Danish North Sea fields by 2025, and will address 25-40 per cent of remnant emissions that must be managed in order to reach Denmark’s ambitious 70-per-cent reduction target by 2030.
Welltec to lead well completions design team
”We are very proud to become a central partner for Project Greensand. Through 25 years of providing well intervention and completion solutions to the energy sector, including high concentration CO2 projects, Welltec has built an extensive knowhow within material selection, testing and solutions,” says Mette Fürstnow, Solutions Director, Green Initiatives, Welltec who will lead the well completions design team.
The testing of the well materials will take place at Welltec’s testing centre in Esbjerg in southwest Denmark, which will boast a newly constructed full-scale CO2 test loop – one of Europe’s largest.
Welltec's CEO Peter Hansen sees great potential in the development of wells that can handle the complicated process of storing captured CO2. ”The world has significant demand for technologies contributing to solving the climate challenges we are currently facing – particularly within the energy sector, which plays a vital role in delivering on CO2 emission reduction targets. It is important for Welltec to take an active role to deliver solutions to CCS projects globally.
“We have uniquely positioned technologies with a strong track record within oil & gas, providing advanced solutions designed to operate under challenging subsurface conditions,” continued Mr Hansen. “We are already engaged in various CO2 projects and high temperature geothermal applications – we absolutely have a key role to play in CCS too,” he added.
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