The article headed “Storing up safety concerns” gives an account of the various safety-related aspects of this approach as a means of reducing greenhouse gas emissions when supplying fossil energy. It does not discuss the reservoir-related aspects of carbon storage, which are outside the PSA’s remit.
There is no reason to believe that the safety-related aspects to which the PSA draws attention will hamper the development and implementation of large-scale carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects. The PSA’s concern is to establish knowledge about HSE issues.
Large-scale carbon capture is a new field, where potential HSE challenges are also under evaluation. Like the other government agencies concerned with this area, the PSA has pursued a number of activities to clarify these issues.
In this respect, the PSA’s role as a safety regulator is to promote the acquisition of adequate knowledge about and the development of good HSE solutions for carbon capture.
Contact in the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway:
Inger Anda, press spokesperson
Telephone: +47 970 54 064