Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg placed the foundation stone for the Northern Lights CCS facility on the western coast of Norway. This is part of the Norwegian full-scale carbon capture and storage project – the “Longship” project).
Excerpts from the Prime Minister’s speech:
Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time. If the world is to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement, it is crucial that we are able to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
The government will cut emissions in a way that transforms Norway into a low-emission society and at the same time facilitates green, sustainable growth. Which provides security, welfare and jobs. We will cut emissions, not development.
Carbon capture and storage is an important part of our efforts to cut emissions. And laying the foundation stone here today is an important milestone in the work that has begun.
Last year, we launched Longship, the largest climate project ever in Norwegian industry. The project will contribute to the world reaching the climate goals, and at the same time create jobs and develop industry in Norway.
With Longship, we are at the forefront of developing carbon capture and storage. And hopefully our European neighbours will also use the CO2 storage facility.
We know that there is a good dialogue with potential customers.
Several memorandums of understanding have been signed, and feasibility studies are being carried out.
This shows a lot of promise.
Many have contributed with a little memory in this box that symbolises the foundation stone.
My contribution is a copy of the white paper that laid the basis for deciding this entire project.
Finally, I would like to thank all of you who contribute to the largest climate project in Norwegian industrial history.
Good luck and congratulations!