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Stockholm Exergi receives BECCS permit approval

Stockholm Exergi receives BECCS permit approval
An artist's rendering of Stockholm Exergi's BECCS facility (image courtesy Stockholm Exergi).

In Sweden, municipal energy company Stockholm Exergi AB has announced that it has received a permit from the Land and Environmental Court to build one of Europe's first large-scale facilities for capturing biogenic carbon dioxide in Värtahamnen, Stockholm.

In March 2023, Stockholm Exergi submitted its application to the Land and Environmental Court for a permit regarding the construction of a large-scale carbon capture unit at its biomass-fired Värtaverket combined heat and power (CHP) plant.

According to a statement from the Land and Environmental Court, the permit covers the construction and operation of facilities for the separation of carbon dioxide from flue gases from the biomass-fired power plant as well as compressing, liquefying, and temporary storage of the separated carbon dioxide.

This is a historic day for our company and Swedish climate work. When it is ready, the facility will capture 800,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year, which is more than the road traffic in Stockholm emits during the same period. It will help both Stockholm and Sweden to reach their climate goals, said Anders Egelrud, CEO at Stockholm Exergi.

The Land and Environmental Court’s positive decision is a prerequisite for Stockholm Exergi to make a final investment decision (FID and then begin construction of the bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) facility, which is planned to be put into use in 2027.

Stockholm Exergi is now continuing its work to get to an FID.

In addition to the permit, other important pieces need to fall into place before we make the final investment decision. A crucial question is how the state support system for BECCS is designed. The government is working on the issue and we hope that the support will soon be in place, ended Anders Egelrud.

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