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Storegga Attracts Investment From GIC, Mitsui & Co., Ltd. And Macquarie Highlights for Acorn CCS and Hydrogen Project in UK

By March 14, 2021 4   min read  (760 words)

March 14, 2021 |

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London– Storegga, an independent UK company pioneering carbon reduction and  removal for a net zero world, is pleased to announce that GIC, Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund and  Mitsui & Co. Ltd., a global trading and investment company, have become new investors in the  Company, alongside a further investment from the cornerstone investor, Macquarie.

Storegga has the emerging asset base and the financial backing to become the UK’s leading  independent carbon reduction and removal company. Global interest in the UK’s confirmed commitment  to rapidly delivering CCS and the emission reduction technologies that it enables, has increased markedly over the last 12 months. Storegga aims to be at the forefront of the UK’s world-leading CCS  and decarbonisation ambitions, and to help build a world leading skills base for export and application  across the globe.

Through its wholly owned subsidiary, Pale Blue Dot, Storegga is the lead developer of the Acorn CCS  and Hydrogen Project (“The Acorn Project”) based at St. Fergus, North East Scotland. The Acorn  Project is designated a European Project of Common Interest, providing essential infrastructure to help  both the UK and Europe meet net zero targets. It is expected to be operational in the mid-2020s and  has the potential to store at least half of the 10Mt/yr of CO2 storage targetted by the UK Government’s  Ten Point Plan for a green Industrial Revolution by 2030. The Acorn Project is highly scaleable and overall has the potential to store 20Mt/yr or more of CO2 emissions by the mid 2030’s, in a region that  has been traditionally the home to a large proportion of the UK’s world leading oil and gas skills base.

This major CO2 transportation and storage hub will be the enabler of a host of decarbonisation  opportunities including CO2 imports from across the UK and North West Europe to Peterhead’s deepwater port, a possible repurposing of pipeline infrastructure to support the decarbonisation of Scotland’s industrial central belt, large scale hydrogen generation and negative emission technologies  including Direct Air Capture (“DAC”).

The funds raised today will be used to progress Storegga’s funding of some of the wider aspects of the  Acorn Project, Storegga’s plans for a UK based DAC facility, and support ongoing business  development activities by the Company.

Along with these new investments, Storegga and Mitsui have entered into a non-exclusive agreement to initiate and progress further CCS opportunities in Europe and in the Asia-Pacific region. With Mitsui’s  strong presence in the Asia-Pacific, this strategic cooperation will allow Storegga and Mitsui to pursue  opportunities in the region, which Storegga expects will soon start to rapidly adopt CCS technology to  meet the region’s climate commitments.

Nick Cooper, Storegga CEO, commented:  

“We are delighted that GIC and Mitsui are joining Macquarie as investors in Storegga. We welcome  their vision and commitment to help deliver a net zero future. The UK is emerging as a world-leader 

in CCS and its associated low carbon technologies; today’s investment by these partners strengthens  our ability to build a world class CCS project and help the UK to pioneer this rapidly growing sector. “As a new, independent, company in this sector we bring a sharp commercial focus and ‘‘can do” attitude to our COreduction and removal businesses. Our purpose is to drive the transition to a low carbon, and then no carbon economy.” 

Erik Petersson, Senior Managing Director in Macquarie’s Commodities and Global Markets  group, said: 

“Storegga’s Acorn Project is on course to be one of the UK’s first large scale carbon sequestration  projects and, as a business that has been active in the country’s energy market for many years, we see  supporting businesses like Storegga as a key part of our own energy transition journey. “We are extremely excited to increase our support for this business and its projects, which we believe  could provide a unique economic opportunity for Scotland and the wider UK. We look forward to working  with two other world class investors, GIC and Mitsui & Co, to make Storegga the UK’s leading  independent carbon reduction and removal company.” 

Masaharu Okubo, Chief Operating Officer of the Energy Business Unit 1 Mitsui & Co said: “We will work closely with Storegga’s management team and help accelerate its vision and  commitment by using our extensive knowledge of the energy sector and strong global networks. Mitsui  believes providing low-carbon solutions to hard-to-abate industries such as energy will be critical in  achieving net-zero carbon targets. Through development of CCS projects globally, Mitsui will help  create an eco-friendly society.” 

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