Our KickStarter hubs

OGCI launched the CCUS KickStarter initiative in 2019 to help drive down costs, demonstrate the impact of CCUS enabling policies and attract widespread commercial investment.

We are doing this by facilitating the emergence of commercial scale CCUS hubs that capture carbon dioxide from several industrial sources. That brings economies of scale by sharing transport and storage infrastructure and accelerates standardization.

OGCI’s CCUS KickStarter

Four of the initial hubs we identified have a clear concept and funding
– they are all on course to be operational before 2025.

Hubs with a defined CCUS concept

Hub 1

Net Zero Teesside, UK

Hub 2

Northern Lights/Longship, Norway

Hub 3

Rotterdam, Netherlands

Hub 4

China North-West

High potential hubs under evaluation

Hub 5

Texas, USA

Hub 6

Louisiana, USA

Hub 7

Edmonton, Canada

Hub 8

Ravenna, Italy

Hub 1: Net Zero Teesside, UK

Net Zero Teesside aims to become the UK’s first decarbonized industrial cluster, providing offshore storage to an existing and growing industrial base in the northeast of England.

Potential emitters

  • Biomass power
  • Gas power
  • Fertilizers
  • Petro-chemicals
  • Hydrogen


FEED planned for 2021

OGCI’s role

  • Develop anchor project with collective pipeline and storage
  • Work with UK government on policies
  • Engage with other emitters
  • Share knowledge with other hubs

OGCI member company participation

bp, Eni, Equinor, Shell, Total Energies

Potential impact by 2030

Over 10 mtCO2 per year

Hub 2: Northern Lights / Longship, Norway

Northern Lights is the transport and storage arm of Norway’s full-scale CCUS project, Longship, which plans to start operations by 2024.

Potential emitters

  • Cement
  • Waste incineration
  • Hydrogen
  • Biomass
  • Steel plants across Europe


Under construction; operations planned for mid-2024

OGCI’s role

  • Member companies responsible for transport and storage operations
  • Convene governments and industries interested in leveraging carbon capture, use and storage
  • Share knowledge with other hubs

OGCI member company participation

Equinor, Shell, Total Energies

Hub 3: Rotterdam, Netherlands

Rotterdam Hub is a Dutch government-led project to capture carbon dioxide from industry in the port area and supply it to the state-owned transport and storage organization, Porthos.

Potential emitters

  • Refineries
  • Hydrogen production
  • CO2 imports from northern Europe


Porthos final investment decision expected in 2021

OGCI’s role

  • Member companies develop capture options
  • Provide storage expertise to Porthos
  • Engage with other emitters
  • Share knowledge with other hubs

OGCI member company participation

Shell, ExxonMobil

Potential impact by 2030

10 mtCO2 per year

Hub 4: China North-West

China North-West Carbon Capture Utilisation and Storage Hub is aiming to capture and store carbon dioxide from the hydrogen production unit of refineries.

Potential emitters

  • Cement
  • Chemicals
  • Power


In demonstration phase

OGCI’s role

  • CNPC to invest in transport and carbon capture and storage infrastructure
  • Work with Chinese ministries on policies
  • Support R&D on storage and EOR
  • Convene and cooperate with other emitters
  • Share knowledge with other hubs

OGCI member company participation


Potential impact by 2030

Over 3 mtCO2 per year

Hub 5: Texas, USA

While investigating hubs in the high-potential US Gulf of Mexico region, we decided to focus on a state level, given the different policy and regulatory issues that can be advanced at different paces. The Texas KickStarter team is working to find solutions to policy gaps that are currently potential barriers to project development. We are engaging actively with relevant stakeholders to have strategies and approaches in place for 2021.

Hub 6: Louisiana, USA

Louisiana hub already has policies and regulations in place that are supportive of carbon capture, use and storage. In February 2020, we held a workshop with industrial emitters and other relevant stakeholders, and the team is currently developing concepts for the hub, based on the feedback, and exploring project opportunities.

Hub 7: Edmonton, Canada

Alberta is a high-potential area for CCUS, combining good storage, high emissions and a strong policy and regulatory framework. Our regional team is focusing its efforts around Edmonton, home of the existing Quest project and close to the existing Alberta Carbon Trunk Line project carbon dioxide pipeline. It is engaging with emitters and stakeholders to define potential hub options, with a focus on blue energy.

Hub 8: Ravenna, Italy

Ravenna aims to become the reference hub for southern Europe and the Mediterranean area. Run by Eni, it will initially store carbon dioxide from two power stations and a hydrogen generation plant in depleted gas reservoirs off the coast of Ravenna. The hub is currently in the development phase, with a plan for a demonstration and an industrial phase.