Owners of the Equinor-led Northern Lights carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) venture in Norway are preparing contracts worth a combined $800 million for the scheme to transport and store captured CO2 under the North Sea.

Major contracts for development of a land facility, a 12-inch diameter pipeline, ships to transport liquid CO2, a control cable and a combined power and fibre optics cable will be awarded this year and next.

Project director Sverre Overaa told Upstream that it is necessary to start preparations in order to have the infrastructure ready for the first shipment of CO2.