State Support Agreements in Longship
Through the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, the state has entered into State Support Agreements with the companies Heidelberg Materials AS, Hafslund Celsio AS and Northern Lights JV DA in respect of their involvement in the Longship CCS project. Redacted versions of these State Support Agreements were published on 7 December 2022 on the government’s website.
State Support Agreement with Heidelberg Materials AS
Grant agreement relating to the capture of CO2 between the state (c/o Ministry of Petroleum and Energy) and Heidelberg Materials AS
State Support Agreement with Northern Lights JV (only in norwegian)
Grant agreement relating to the establishment and operation of the transport and storage of CO2 between the state (c/o Ministry of Petroleum and Energy) and Northern Lights JV DA
State Support Agreement with Hafslund Oslo Celsio AS (only in norwegian)
Grant agreement relating to the capture of CO2 between the state (c/o Ministry of Petroleum and Energy) and Hafslund Oslo Celsio AS
Source: regjeringen.no (only in norwegian)
ESAs approval of State Support Agreements
On 17 July 2020, the IEFTA Surveillance Authority (“ESA”) approved the provision of state aid by the Norwegian government to Longship based on the conditions set out in the application for approval. This funding is provided in accordance with the Energy and Environmental State aid guidelines. The guidelines allow for up to 100% state aid in the realisation of CCS projects. Only “eligible costs” may be covered by the state.