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Wintershall Dea awarded first onshore CCS licence in Denmark

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The Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy and Utilities has awarded Wintershall Dea with the operatorship for the Greenstore CO2 storage licence in Jutland. The company has developed an ambitious future work programme to establish the CO2 storage together with its partners INEOS Energy Denmark and Nordsøfonden.

Denmark is taking a lead position in establishing a carbon capture and storage industry in Europe. Wintershall Dea and the partnership will do its part in supporting Denmark in reducing domestic and European CO2 emissions.

“With this licence award, Denmark is taking another step towards building a new industry and contributing to reduce CO2 emissions both in Denmark and in Europe,” said Anne-Mette Cheese, Country Lead for Carbon Management and Hydrogen in Denmark. “We are grateful that the Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy and Utilities entrusted Wintershall Dea with the operatorship of the Greenstore onshore storage licence. The partners are looking forward to safely develop the storage site in close dialogue with local and national stakeholders.”

The Gassum area, north of the city Randers in Jutland, has been thoroughly examined by The Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS) and is one of five areas onshore Denmark deemed suitable for storage of CO2.

“Our ambitious work program will further narrow uncertainties around storage capacity and the storage complex development planning, related injection rates and start up dates will be updated during course of the project" said Marius Brundiers, Project Manager for Wintershall Dea’s Danish onshore activities.

Given all required approvals by the authorities, the partnership foresees first injection in 2029. The storage capacity is initially estimated to up to 250 million tons of CO2 in two separate geological formations at between 2000 meters and 3000 meters depth below surface.

"Wintershall Dea sees Denmark with its progressive regulations and significant geological potential as a natural partner for developing a commercially viable carbon capture and storage (CCS) industry. Its proximity to major emitters in Germany provides a strong basis for establishing a sustainable new industry, creating jobs and opportunities in Denmark. This initiative is crucial for achieving Danish, as well as German climate goals and supporting Europe's broader environmental objectives," Anne-Mette Cheese said.

Wintershall Dea has decades of underground experience and a close connection to emitters in Europe, which gives the company a unique position in progressing a sustainable carbon capture and storage industry.

Already being partner in CO2 injection and storage in Norway since 2008 (Snøvhit) and the Greensand storage project in the Danish North Sea, active in Greenport Scandinavia in Hirtshals and being operating in the North Sea for decades, Wintershall Dea has long experience in assessing and developing large projects in a safe manner.

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