French-Norwegian cooperation on CCUS

23rd of May, Paris

On Thursday the 23rd of May, the French-Norwegian Chamber of Commerce organised a Forum on how to  in cooperation with Carbon Limits, Club CO2, Gassnova, the Norwegian CCUS Association and Total.


The Norwegian government’s decision to finance the Norwegian CCS full-scale project will depend on several parameters, including the confirmation that proper financial instruments will be in place to incentivise CCS. It is also critical that this project is not “a one-off opportunity”, but contributes to the deployment of CCS and promotes other full scale projects. Hence, the storage capacity of the project is “over-dimensioned” and can host more than just the foreseen Norwegian CCS projects, from a variety of European sources.

France is one of the countries that is well-situated to transport CO2 to Norway for storage. For the past 15 years France and Norway have been collaborating in many European CCS research projects. With the French company TOTAL notably involved in Test Centre Mongstad and Northern Lights, and several industrial and research players participating in R&D projects, French-Norwegian collaboration has already been fruitful. There is large potential for France and Norway continuing working together in this arena as it is scientifically, industrially and financially beneficial for both countries.


Moderated by Valérie Czop, Club CO2

  • Welcome address by Total
  • Club CO2 presentation by Didier Bonijoly, Chairman
  • Norwegian CCUS Association presentation by Ingvild Ombudstvedt, Chairman > Presentation
  • Collaboration history between France and Norway by Gaelle Cauchois, Carbon Limits  > Presentation
  • Presentation of the funded CCS projects in Norway and opportunities for international cooperation by Ragnhild Rønneberg, Coordinator of ACT, Research Council of Norway > Presentation
  • Presentation of the funded projects and CCUS perspectives in France by Aicha El Khamlichi, the French Agency for Environment and Energy Management - ADEME  > Presentation
  • Total’s CCUS achievement and strategy by David Nevicato, Research Program Manager, TOTAL > Presentation
  • The Norwegian full chain demonstration project:
    • Status of the Norwegian full chain demonstration project for capture, transport and storage of CO2 by Cathrine Lyster from the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy  > Presentation
    • Northern light projects by Cristel Lambton, EQUINOR > Presentation
  • Brainstorming on how to foster collaborations between the 2 associations


> French-Norwegian Collaboration on CCUS - Workshop #2 / 17th of June / SINTEF Energy Research, Trondheim 

100Y celebrations in Oslo:

> French-Norwegian Forum: Sustainable Future / 19th of September / BI Norwegian Business School, Oslo

> Mission Cleantech & Smart city / 19th-20th of September, Oslo

We would like to thank the participants and speakers for this successful event as well the partners: Carbon Limits, Club CO2, Gassnova, Norwegian CCUS Association and Total.

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