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Safe carbon capture

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) features an article on carbon capture in its recent publication on Safety – status and signals. According to information received by the PSA, the content of this article has been incorrectly interpreted and inaccurate views have been attributed to the agency.


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
Email: inger.anda@ptil.no
Telephone: +47 970 54 064