Weltec opens CCS test flow loop facility in Denmark

Weltec has opened a new test flow loop facility in Esbjerg, Denmark which will provide corrosion testing for carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects.

The newly constructed system replicates extreme environmental conditions, and therefore ensures that materials have the required durability and wear resistance for their intended use, such as the storage of CO2 in a subsoil reservoir or an application elsewhere in CCS infrastructure.    

Commenting on the launch, Lia Khasanova, Commercial Director for New Energy and Climate Technology at Welltec said: ‘This new Test Flow Loop has been designed and built from scratch with the ambition to be the most advanced in Europe and can be used, among other things, for testing and qualifying new technologies for the CCUS market. 

‘In the long term, there will also be an opportunity to test materials for Power-to-X and other segments of renewable energy, which will enable us to play an important role in energy transition.’

One of the projects that will utilise the test loop is Project Greensand – the most mature project of its kind in Denmark, with the potential of storing up to 1.5 million tons of CO2 per year by the end of 2025, and up to 8 million tons of CO2 per year by 2030. 

The consortium behind Project Greensand comprises major Danish companies, international companies with expertise in carbon capture, international research institutes and universities, as well as small Danish start-ups with expertise in monitoring technologies.

Lesley Bankes-Hughes