Altera Infrastructure and Wintershall Dea Awarded License to Develop CO2 Storage on Norwegian Continental Shelf


Altera Infrastructure and its partner Wintershall Dea are delighted to announce that the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy has awarded the partnership a license to develop the Havstjerne CO2 storage in the North Sea.

The storage, with an annual capacity estimated at 7 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa), is located 100 kilometers southwest of Egersund, Norway.

Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) development represents a major step forward in the global battle against climate change and the Havstjerne license award reinforces Altera Infrastructure’s commitment to sustainable energy solutions. Ingvild Sæther, CEO of Altera Infrastructure Group Ltd. stated:

“We are pleased that the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy has made CO2 storage available for the industry. CCS as a decarbonisation strategy is expected to expand and grow significantly in Europe the coming years, so this is only the beginning. The world needs CCS on a massive scale, and we are proud to be part of the solution.  Together with our strong partner Wintershall Dea, we are ready to do our part in leading the industry towards a sustainable future.”

Altera is now taking a significant step forward in our commitment to providing value and service to our CCS customers. By taking a more hands-on approach to the reservoir, we can ensure greater control over the entire value chain.

The partnership leverages decades of experience from the offshore energy industry and is already engaged in advanced discussions with CO2 emitters and ports in the Baltics, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain. One competitive advantage of this maritime solution is its flexibility, which enables the deployment of CCS technology in other regions as the market and regulatory environment continue to evolve.

Johanne Koll-Hansen Bø, Vice President and Head of CCS commented:

“We have been working on our maritime CCS concept Stella Maris for many years, and with the storage license now in place, we are ready to develop and realize a large-scale integrated CO2 infrastructure solution to customers across Europe”.

Altera Infrastructure’s large-scale Stella Maris CO2 infrastructure concept will provide a complete value chain, from CO2 collection, transport and injection to safe and permanent storage on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. Havstjerne, the first phase of this value chain, includes multiple collection hubs across Europe and large shuttle tankers for CO2 transportation to safe and permanent storage.

“We are proud of the trust that the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy places in our expertise and our ability to contribute to reaching Europe’s climate goals. We are working intensively on delivering the infrastructure Norway needs to become a hub for European carbon storage”, said Hugo Dijkgraaf, Chief Technology Officer at Wintershall Dea.