Vår Energi joins carbon capture and storage partnership in Norway

first_imgOil and gas company Vår Energi has entered into a partnership with the Norwegian Carbon Capture & Storage Research Center (NCCS) to enable fast track CCS technology development and deployment.Goliat field in the Barents Sea. Source: Vår EnergiVår Energi said on Friday that the agreement has a total value of NOK 30 million ($3.5 million) over a six-year period and is part of an industry-driven and science-based innovation effort.“This partnership complements Vår Energi’s research and development portfolio. The company is committed to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases through CCS technology development,” said Oddvar Ims, R&D Manager in Vår Energi.Vår Energi will contribute by investing 5 million NOK every year for a period of six years. The joint industry project started in 2017 and will continue until 2025.“NCCS’ main objective is to become a world-leading CCS Center by enabling fast-track CCS technology development and deployment by addressing major barriers in industry projects,” Vår Energi said.“It is a proud moment for NCCS to welcome Vår Energi to one of the largest CCS R&D efforts worldwide. Personally, I am sure Vår Energi will bring enlarged momentum to the center,” said Mona J. Mølnvik, NCCS director and Research Director at SINTEF.CCS is considered to be one of the most promising solutions to effectively reduce emissions of greenhouse gases on a global scale, as a means of limiting atmospheric CO2 emissions. The NCCS consortium comprises several oil and gas companies, CCS technology vendors and users in the private and commercial sector. The joint industry project also consists of institutions such as SINTEF, NTNU, UiO, NGI and others.“Our objective is to further minimize environmental impact in our operations, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions is a key element in our mission. The Vår Energi-operated Goliat field in the Barents Sea demonstrates this commitment by being mainly electrified with power from shore, making it one of the lowest CO2 emitting fields on the Norwegian continental shelf. All initiatives to reduce the carbon footprint are positive, and CCS deployment is an effective measure. We hope that our contribution in addition to others, will further enable NCCS’ progress,” Ims added.This partnership supports the Norwegian full-scale CCS project. In addition to this, the center also supports its industry partners in developing the necessary knowledge for large scale CO2 storage in the Norwegian part of the North Sea basin.“Supported by the Research Council of Norway and the partnership, NCCS will contribute to the development of cost and energy efficient CCS technologies, smart business models, and CCS deployment at large scale in Norway, Europe and globally,” said Mølnvik.last_img read more

Putin says Russia ban is ‘immoral’ and ‘inhumane’

first_imgRUSSIAN President Vladimir Putin says the country’s Paralympics ban is “outside the bounds of law, morality and humanity”.The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) suspended Russia from the Rio Games starting on September 7 because of state-sponsored doping.Putin said the ruling was “cynical” and “humiliates those who take such decisions”.Only Russian track and field athletes were banned from the Olympics.Putin, speaking at an award ceremony for Russian Olympians at the Kremlin, said the country would hold special competitions for banned Paralympic athletes, with the winners awarded the same prizes as in Rio.Foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Russian Paralympians had taken “collective responsibility for an unproven crime”. (BBC Sport)last_img

Cowboys Pro Bowl center Travis Frederick healthy, to be active for camp start

first_img“Right now, my focus is getting back to being here and being able to play again,” Frederick said in September. “It’s a matter of time for that to happen, and unfortunately, I don’t know what that time is. I think as long as I continue to keep my eyes forward and continue to work toward that, we’re going to be in good shape.” Travis Frederick appears to be feeling better.According to NFL Media , the Cowboys center has avoided the non-football injury list and is expected to be active for the start of training camp. Adrian Peterson in debt after ‘trusting the wrong people,’ lawyer says Falcons optimistic about Julio Jones contract talks, GM Thomas Dimitroff says Frederick was diagnosed last August with Guillain-Barre syndrome, an autoimmune disease that attacks the nervous system, but the team opted to keep him on the active roster since there wasn’t a clear timetable for his return. He was later placed on injured reserve in October with an option to play again in December, though he remained sidelined.Despite the setback, Frederick insisted the ailment did not cause him to think about retirement. Related News Frederick, a four-time Pro Bowl selection, was drafted 31st overall by the Cowboys in 2013 and appeared in 80 straight regular-season games to begin his career.The 28-year-old signed a six-year contract extension worth $54.6 million with Dallas in August 2016.The Cowboys are scheduled to leave for training camp July 25 and hold their first practice July 27. Mark Sanchez retires from NFL for ESPN joblast_img read more