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New guidance to aid North Sea industry in managing CO2 storage sites

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🗞️ Driving the news: The UK's North Sea Transition Authority (NSTA) has introduced two new sets of guidelines aimed at supporting the North Sea industry in the management and preparation of carbon storage sites
• This move is in line with the UK Government's pledge of up to £20 billion investment in the carbon storage industry, highlighting its potential to significantly reduce carbon emissions

🔭 The context: The guidance covers the measurement of carbon dioxide for carbon storage permit applications and the requirements for defining a carbon storage site, storage complex, and hydraulic unit
• These guidelines are designed to ensure accurate measurement and management of CO2 injections and to aid in the detection and prevention of leakage, crucial for the effective containment and monitoring of stored CO2

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: With the potential to store carbon equivalent to removing 6 million cars from the road and support 50,000 jobs by 2050, the development of a robust carbon storage industry is vital for achieving decarbonization goals
• Accurate CO2 measurement and secure storage are essential components in mitigating the impact of greenhouse gases on the planet

⏭️ What's next: The guidance is immediately applicable to the licensees of the Track 1 clusters at Hynet and Northern Endurance, and Track 2 at Acorn and Viking, which are the most advanced projects
• It also aims to support new licensees, facilitating the UK's progress in developing its CO2 transportation and storage industry

💬 One quote: "It is important that injection flow rates are accurately determined, as this information is used in modeling the behavior of the CO2 in the reservoir," states the NSTA, emphasizing the critical nature of precise CO2 management for environmental safety and regulatory compliance.

📈 One stat: The UK Government's vision for the carbon storage industry suggests it has the potential to store the carbon equivalent of taking 6 million cars off the road by 2050.

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