Svanehoj Secures CO2 Pump Order for the Third Northern Lights LCO2 Carrier
10.26.2023 By Tank Terminals - NEWS

October 26, 2023 [Hellenic Shipping News]- Northern Lights is increasing CO2 shipping capacity with its third LCO2 carrier. Like the first two vessels, the gas equipment specialist Svanehøj will supply the cargo pump system. The three ships are the world’s largest of their kind, and the order represents a significant milestone for Svanehøj’s ambitions in Carbon Capture and Storage.


Svanehøj has added the world’s three largest dedicated CO2 ships to its reference list.

In 2022, the Danish gas equipment specialist was chosen as the cargo pump supplier for the first two Northern Lights LCO2 carriers. Earlier this month, Svanehøj added one more ship of similar design to the order book when Northern Lights announced the award of the shipbuilding contract for its third LCO2 carrier. The vessels are built at Dalian Shipbuilding Offshore (DSOC) in China.

Svanehøj supplied its first CO2 pump system for an LCO2 carrier in the 1990s. As one of the very few marine pump manufacturers with experience in CO2 pumping systems, Svanehøj has identified Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) among the future growth segments. The reference from the Northern Lights project is, therefore, of great strategic importance:

– It is of great value to us that the owner and the gas contractor are showing continued trust in our pumps by awarding us this contract for the third Northern Lights carrier. It will also be strategically important for the other projects we are working on. We see a lot of activity in the LCO2 segment, and we are talking with yards and gas contractors worldwide about opportunities that could materialize in the short term. Although long-term storage of CO2 is currently in a rudimentary stage, we at Svanehøj already have the experience and competencies to supply the pumping systems, says Nithin Sudarsan, Sales Director (Gas) in Svanehøj.

Northern Lights is developing the world’s first open-source CO2 transport and storage infrastructure in Norway. The Northern Lights LCO2 carriers will each have a cargo capacity of 7,500 m3, custom-built with pressurised cargo tanks for transporting liquefied CO2. Svanehøj will deliver two deepwell CO2 cargo pumps of 15 metres for each ship. Once operational, the ships will transport CO2 from industrial emitters in Norway and other European countries to a receiving terminal in western Norway for intermediate storage, before being transported by pipeline for permanent storage in a geological reservoir 2,600 metres under the seabed.

Svanehøj designs and manufactures specialised deepwell and submersible pumps for vital applications within fuel, cargo (gas, P&C), and offshore, as well as high-end tank gauging systems for LNG and LPG on vessels and land-based terminals. Svanehøj is also a leading full-scope provider of inspection, service, and calibration of cargo equipment on gas and P&C tankers.

Svanehøj’s mission is to help power a better future by offering solutions and services that support a rapid transition to renewable energy in the hard-to-abate sectors. At least 95% of Svanehøj’s R&D budget is invested in solutions for the energy transition. Our pump technology is compatible with all forms of liquid gas, including LNG, LPG, CO2, ammonia, and methanol.

Svanehøj was founded in 1928 by F. Dam – a Danish marine engineer who, after many years at sea, decided to go ashore to use his experience to develop pumps for the marine industry. Svanehøj Danmark is part of the Svanehøj Group, which employs over 400 employees, of which more than half are based in Aalborg Denmark (Group HQ). The Group is behind the renowned brands of Svanehøj and Hamworthy Pumps and has activities in Denmark, France, the UK, USA, Singapore, Japan, and China.


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