SLB and Northern Lights Joint Venture (NL) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Microsoft to optimize integrated cloud-based workflows for the operation of Northern Lights, one of the first CO2 transport and storage providers for cross-border carbon capture and storage (CCS). The collaboration will contribute to the development of scalable and cost-efficient digital solutions for the emerging CCS industry.
“Digital workflows are a key component to successfully managing CO2 through the end-to-end value chain, from capture point to permanent storage. Northern Lights is very pleased to partner with industry leading tech companies, SLB and Microsoft, on the development of digital CCS solutions”, Børre Jacobsen, Managing Director of Northern Lights, said.
In the initial phases of the collaboration, SLB will extend its digital CCS workflows and numerical simulation systems on its Delfi™ digital platform, which was deployed to streamline the subsurface workflows of Northern Lights in 2022.
The Delfi digital platform is a collaborative technology that unites the E&P life cycle in the cloud. It’s open, secure, scalable, and fully managed, seamlessly connecting people, data and leading software applications across exploration, development, drilling, production and midstream.
“In less than three decades, CCS must scale up by 100–200 times to have the expected impact on global net zero ambitions,” Trygve Randen, Senior Vice President of Digital Products and Solutions at SLB, noted. “Digital solutions have a key role to play in enabling the necessary speed and scale for CCS, and we are excited to work closely with Microsoft and the Northern Lights JV to facilitate the complex digitalization of the CCS value chain.”
Microsoft will deploy and extend its Microsoft Azure platform to ensure scalable cloud services that support Northern Lights’ business and the SLB digital CCS workflows. SLB and Microsoft are collaborating on the development of an Azure-compliant open-source data platform that will serve as the digital infrastructure for Northern Lights.
“Microsoft is thrilled to partner closely with SLB and Northern Lights to drive tangible CO2 reductions at scale in 2024 and beyond. We are confident this lighthouse project can help accelerate the CCS industry and the digital infrastructure that is needed to reach global climate goals,” Sverre Brandsberg Dahl, Chief Technology Officer of Microsoft Energy and Resources Industry, added.
Carbon capture and storage enables the reduction or removal of CO2 emissions, providing industrial emitters with realistic decarbonization opportunities. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), “reaching net zero will be virtually impossible without CCUS”.
Northern Lights Joint Venture was established by Equinor, TotalEnergies and Shell to accelerate the decarbonization of industry. The development of the transport and storage facilities is on schedule and Northern Lights will be ready to receive and store CO2 from industrial emitters in 2024. The first phase development has a storage capacity of 1.5 million metric tonnes CO2 per year and the company has already entered into commercial transport and storage agreements with Yara and Ørsted. Northern Lights has further growth ambitions and aims to expand its storage capacity according to market development.
SLB is a global technology company that drives energy innovation for a balanced planet. With a global footprint in more than 100 countries and employees representing almost twice as many nationalities, SLB works each day on innovating oil and gas, delivering digital at scale, decarbonizing industries, and developing and scaling new energy systems that accelerate the energy transition.
About Northern Lights
Northern Lights is developing the world’s first cross-border CO2 transport and storage infrastructure. On schedule to be ready to receive CO2 in 2024, Northern Lights offers safe and reliable CO2 transport and storage services to industrial emitters in Europe. Northern Lights JV DA is a registered, incorporated General Partnership with Shared Liability (DA) owned by Equinor, TotalEnergies and Shell.