Norwegian seismic player PGS has landed a pair of separate contacts on carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects in the North Sea, offshore Norway and the UK.

PGS revealed Wednesday that Norwegian operator Equinor had awarded it a seismic acquisition contract related to the Northern Lights carbon transport and storage project in Norway.

The contract is expected to take about a month to completed and is scheduled to commence in the second quarter of the year.

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“Northern Lights is one of the pioneering CO2 transport and storage companies in Europe and we are proud to contribute with our technology to their groundbreaking efforts,” said PGS chiefs executive Rune Olav Pedersen.

“We established our New Energy business area early 2021 and made MultiClient data sales during the year for development of CO2 storage projects. I am very pleased to see that we now are taking another step in being awarded this data acquisition contract for Northern Lights.”

The Equinor-led Northern Lights project aims to store 1.5 million tonnes per annum of carbon dioxide beneath the North Sea, while a potential second phase development could boost the capacity to 3.5 million tpa.

It is a major part of the Norwegian government’s wider Nkr25 billion ($2.8 billion) Longship full scale CCS project, which will capture CO2 from industrial capture sources in the Oslo-fjord region and ship it in liquid form to an onshore terminal on the Norwegian west coast.

From there, the liquified CO2 will be transported by pipeline to an offshore storage location beneath the North Sea, for permanent storage.

The announcement of the Northern Lights award came a day after PGS revealed it had landed work from UK supermajor BP related to another CCS project.

That contract will see PGS carry out a 3D seismic shoot over the UK oil and gas giant’s Endurance reservoir in the North Sea.

The reservoir is where the BP-led Northern Endurance Partnership (NEP) intends to store millions on tonnes CO2 as part of a large scale CCS scheme.

“PGS has a history of pioneering the marine 3D seismic market and the Endurance survey is one of the industry’s first publicised awards of a 3D acquisition contract in North Sea specifically designed to address CCS project development challenges,” Pedersen said.

“Numerous research reports estimate a significant need for CCS storage going forward. Even in the more conservative projections, seismic acquisition for CCS purposes is likely to constitute a significant new market for our industry.”

The NEP intends to develop the offshore infrastructure to transport and store millions of tonnes of CO2 beneath the North Sea, with the infrastructure to serve the planned Net Zero Teesside and Zero Carbon Humber decarbonisation projects in the UK.

Both projects aim to start up in 2026 and BP claims they could reach net zero as early as 2030 through a combination of carbon capture, hydrogen and fuel switching.

The Endurance reservoir lies about 145 kilometres off the coast of Teesside and roughly 85 kilometres from the Humber coast.

BP describes the reservoir as the most mature and large-scale saline aquifer for CO2 storage in the offshore UK Continental Shelf, that can potentially enable industrial decarbonisation from both clusters.

BP’s partners in the NEP include Eni, Equinor, National Grid, Shell and TotalEnergies.