The University Centre in Svalbard with the support of the town council work for a vision. That vision is to turn Svalbard into a community that takes care of its own emissions.

The community of Longyearbyen has over the years offered great advantages as a test site for carbon storage. It is these qualities that give Svalbard the potential to become a global show case:

  • Longyearbyen (population 2000) is a small community with a closed energy system, not linked to the energy system of mainland Norway.
  • The main source of energy in Longyearbyen is coal. Svalbard has Norway’s only coal fuelled power plants. The 10 MW power plant also delivers heating to the town buildings.
  • Svalbard has geological structures that can be utilized for subsurface deposition of CO2. The storage site is on land and accessible by road, only 5 km from Longyearbyen.
  • Studies of sub-surface structures near Longyearbyen will benefit storage projects elsewhere. Knowledge and competence acquired may be utilized in industrial projects internationally.
  • Longyearbyen CO2 lab is well suited for research, education and monitoring activities, as the site is on land near community infrastructure and accessible all year round.

Svalbard is one of the best preserved wilderness regions in the world. Let’s work together to keep it that way.

............ ....Tel: +47 79 02 33 00
Project manager:
Principal Investigator:

Kim Senger

HSE leader:

Fred Skancke Hansen