Regional CCS hub demonstrator linking CO2 sources to underground storage site
GREEN PULSE addresses the shortage of onshore CCS projects in Southern Europe by setting-up a first-of-its-kind pilot program (“Demo Project”). It consists in connecting CO2 sources from the Escombreras industrial cluster in Murcia (and from other Spanish and European regions at a later commercial-scale stage) to an onshore geological storage site located in Moratalla (Murcia-Río Segura region), through a secure, cost effective and shared open access transport infrastructure, to meet the European Commission’s climate-neutrality ambition by 2050.
The Murcia region has been identified as a strategic location for the Demo Project as it hosts (i) the third largest industrial complex in terms of CO2 emission in Spain, (ii) a suitable underground geological storage facility that allows permanent sequestration of CO2 emissions and (iii) key transport infrastructures (such as the port of Cartagena, gas transport pipelines and the planned green H2Med corridor that will connect Spain to France).
The Demo Project regroups a consortium made of diversified and highly skilled and motivated members from 6 European countries with a proven track-record in scaling green businesses.
The Demo Project is well underway as it has already secured:
- Commitment from Lafarge Holcim (a member of the consortium) to provide 10.000-15.000 tons of CO2 for injection tests to assess the Demo Project
- An exploration and investigation permit of the Moratalla geological storage site granted by the Government of the Murcia Region.
- A force field analysis providing an in-depth knowledge about the societal needs, policy objectives and political ambitions for transforming the region’s socio-economic activities towards a decarbonized future.
- A geological background from a legacy 2D seismic campaign and two existing wells drilled in the Moratalla area, substantially reducing the exploration and characterization risk of the envisaged Moratalla storage site.
Success for the Demo Project will require addressing the following five objectives by using customized KPIs and a dedicated methodology:
- Engage citizens, civil society and end users with the Demo project.
- Select an optimal and reliable CO2 transportation between the Escombreras region and the Moratalla site.
- Characterize the storage potential of the Moratalla site.
- Demonstrate a safe and efficient CO2 injection strategy.
- Set out the upscaling and replication potential of the Demo project.
In a second phase, the consortium aims to upscale and replicate such a project by sharing its knowledge and experience with CCS stakeholders in Europe to foster the development of the open access CO2 storage market.