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Wärtsilä and Solvang to collaborate on retrofitting CCS system on Clipper Eos

Wärtsilä Exhaust Treatment, part of Finland-headed marine and energy engineering and technology major Wärtsilä Oyj, and Solvang ASA, a Norwegian shipping company, have signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) regarding a full-scale pilot retrofit installation of a carbon capture and storage (CCS) system on one of Solvang’s ethylene carriers, the 21 000 m3 "Clipper Eos".

Wärtsilä Exhaust Treatment and Solvang ASA have signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) regarding a full-scale pilot retrofit installation of a carbon capture and storage (CCS) system on one of Solvang’s ethylene carriers, the 21 000 m3 “Clipper Eos”, which has been time chartered by Japan’s Marubeni Corporation, since her delivery from the shipyard in 2019. With more than 40 years of experience trading and handling ethylene, Marubeni advises that they are committed to cooperating with Solvang and Wärtsilä to enable the parties to perform relevant testing and installation of equipment on the vessel in a mutual effort to drastically reduce the carbon dioxide (CO2) footprint of the vessel (image courtesy Wärtsilä).

Wärtsilä Exhaust Treatment will design the retrofitted unit while it also completes a land-based 1 MW 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 carbon capture and storage (CCS) system on board 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 decarbonization pathway.

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 decarbonization 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 make it a reality on the Clipper Eos, ensuring that both Wärtsilä and Solvang remain at the forefront of maritime sustainability technology advancement, said Sigurd Jenssen, Director at Wärtsilä Exhaust Treatment.

The project will enable both Wärtsilä and Solvang to strengthen their position at the cutting edge of sustainable technology development in shipping.

To remain in line with the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) decarbonization targets, Wärtsilä is initially aiming for a 70 percent reduction in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions at the point of exhaust with its pilot unit.

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 decarbonizing the world’s deep-sea fleet. As a forward-thinking company that is equally passionate about ensuring the industry’s transition to decarbonization, 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, said Edvin Endresen, CEO at Solvang.

In addition to signing a Letter of Intent (LoI) with Solvang and scaling its Moss CCS test unit, Wärtsilä recently announced it is partnering with the Linking Carbon Capture and Storage (LINCCS) project consortium to scale and create carbon capture technologies and infrastructure.

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