February 16, 2022

Establishing a common infrastructure for carbon capture and storage in the city of Gothenburg

A collaborative venture between Göteborg Energi, Nordion Energi, Preem, St1, Renova, and Gothenburg Port Authority is behind CinfraCap, a megaproject that can make Gothenburg the first city in the world with an open common infrastructure for transporting and storing captured carbon dioxide. Ramboll will be involved in developing the business model and estimating the fees during the second phase of the project.  

In 2026, the city of Gothenburg can become the proud owner of a common infrastructure that will transport approximately two million tonnes of CO2 per year to underground storage. This can be possible thanks to a megaproject called CinfraCap, which recently started its second phase after the feasibility study showed great advantages in terms of cost and scalability.
The project aims to collect CO2 from large emitters in the Gothenburg area and transport it via onshore pipeline to Gothenburg Harbor where it will be temporarily stored before being shipped in liquid form to underground storage underneath the seabed. Once operational, the facilities will then be open to other third parties, creating an attractive outlet for captured CO2 to all industries that may wish to join.
Alexandra Angelbratt, Project Manager at Göteborg Energi believes CinfraCap is a visionary project that will significantly contribute to Sweden’s carbon neutrality plans:
“There are still a lot of decisions to be made, but we are definitely positive that our solution can drastically reduce CO2 emissions and thus contribute to Sweden’s efforts in becoming net-zero by 2045. This is a unique project that builds on the great conditions that Gothenburg has to offer. Here, the harbour plays a crucial role in temporarily storing the CO2 that not only can be collected from nearby areas, but from all around the country. We are now very happy to start the second phase after the Swedish Energy Agency has decided to partially finance our project.”
The second phase of CinfraCap will focus on estimating the fees for using the infrastructure’s various facilities, as well as developing a business model for the project. Ramboll will also be involved in these assignments, collaborating closely with CinfraCap’s working group and with technical advisors, Kanfar Group.
“We are honored to be selected for this important work. Without carbon capture and storage (CCS) many countries will have difficulties in delivering their climate goals. This project will make it possible for industries in Sweden to thrive and develop sustainably over the coming years”, says Søren Løvstad Christensen, Chief Economist at Ramboll. “It is great opportunity to be involved in developing carbon capture and storage infrastructure for the energy systems of the future. CinfraCap is a project that complements our view on the role carbon capture, utilisation, and storage (CCUS) is playing in the green energy transition. At Ramboll, we acknowledge CCUS as an area of strategic importance and we have a dedicated Carbon Capture Centre of Competence that helps providing deep CCS expertise to support this growing market”, concludes Nils Christian Holm, Global Spearhead Director at Ramboll.