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15 Jan 2024

NCC and Ørsted to build carbon capture plant in Denmark

Amy Power
NCC and Ørsted to build carbon capture plant in Denmark

The Danish Energy Agency has asked Ørsted, Denmark’s largest energy company, to build two plants which are capable of capturing and storing carbon dioxide.

Ørsted accepted this project and, in order to make it a success, the energy company contracted NCC for their skills which will help with the construction process. Elements such as the foundations, buildings and tubular bridges will benefit from NCC’s help. All of this construction will be completed for the facility which will be based at the Asnæs Power Station in Kalundborg.

The work for the project based in Kalundborg is expected to commence in early 2024 and is expected to be finished by the end of 2025. This is the timescale construction goal, as then the carbon capture plant, which is expected to be able to capture 280,000 tonnes of biogenic carbon dioxide every year, will be able to begin operations, as soon as possible.

Beginning operations swiftly is of interest both to the carbon capture industry, as well as, Denmark’s history. The sooner that these plants are able to process capturing and storing carbon, the sooner Denmark will be able to start efficiently decarbonising. Also, the installation of these plants, will mark the first stage of large-scale Co2 infrastructure establishment, within Denmark, making it an important and significant project.

Another reason why NCC agreed to be a part of this project, aside from the necessity and significance of it, is because it is worth an estimated SEK 300 million. Furthermore, the project will be registered during the first and second quarter of 2024 throughout the NCC Infrastructure business area.

Head of NCC Infrastructure, Kenneth Nilsson, commented, "We are proud that we can make a contribution toward Ørsted's and Denmark's ambitions to capture and store carbon dioxide. Work is fully underway preparing and sharing knowledge about how we can plan, construct and lead construction projects that can solve some of our most complex societal problems.”

Senior Vice President and Head of Ørsted's Bioenergy business, Ole Thomsen, added, "We look forward to starting work together with NCC. Many different initiatives are needed to slow climate change, and our project will make a significant contribution to realizing the politically agreed climate targets in Denmark for 2025 and 2030.”

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