Solvang to retrofit carbon capture and storage system on ethylene carrier

Solvang to retrofit carbon capture and storage system on ethylene carrier
Wärtsilä Exhaust Treatment and Solvang sign letter of intent to design and install retrofit carbon capture and storage system on Clipper Eos. Image source: Wärtsilä

Norwegian shipping company Solvang has together with Wärtsilä Exhaust Treatment agreed on a full-scale pilot retrofit installation of a carbon capture and storage (CCS) system on one of Solvang’s ethylene carriers, the 21,000-cbm Clipper Eos.

Wärtsilä Exhaust Treatment designs the retrofitted unit while it also completes a land-based 1MW test system at its Moss headquarters in Norway. The land-based unit will be completed in autumn 2021, and the companies expect to retrofit the pilot CCS system on the Clipper Eos by 2023.

The agreement reinforces Wärtsilä’s continued research and development into carbon capture at the point of exhaust to support the shipping industry’s decarbonisation pathway.

To remain in line with the IMO’s decarbonisation targets, Wärtsilä is initially aiming for a 70 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions at the point of exhaust with its pilot unit.

Edvin Endresen, CEO at Solvang said: “Carbon capture and storage is an exciting development that we are proud to support, and strongly believe that this technology could be an important key to decarbonise the world’s deep-sea fleet. As a forward-thinking company that is equally passionate about ensuring the industry’s transition to decarbonisation, Wärtsilä is the perfect partner as we look to scale up sustainable technologies across our fleet and reduce shipping’s environmental impact on the world.”

Sigurd Jenssen, director at Wärtsilä Exhaust Treatment, said: “Joining forces with Solvang to build and retrofit a commercially viable CCS technology demonstrates to the industry that we are only two or three years away from bringing to market another vital tool in shipping’s decarbonisation toolkit. We are excited to see how this collaboration with Solvang evolves in the coming months. Our land-based test unit is nearing completion, and we will then move to making it a reality on the Clipper Eos, ensuring that both Wärtsilä and Solvang remain at the forefront of maritime sustainability technology advancement.”

The vessel, Clipper Eos has been time chartered by Marubeni Corp., Tokyo since her delivery from the shipyard in 2019.

In addition to signing a Letter of Intent with Solvang and scaling its Moss CCS test unit, Wärtsilä recently announced it is partnering with the LINCCS consortium to scale and create carbon capture technologies and infrastructure. The consortium recently received 111m Norwegian Kroner in funding to CCS research and development.