Ceres invests in a fleet of 60 ships to carry CO2

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Peter Livanos has announced an investment in Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage by Ceres Shipping, the flagship of Mr. Livano’s shipping group.

The capture and storage of carbon dioxide in geological formations (CCS) is a bridging technology that contributes to tackling climate change. It consists of capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) from industrial facilities, ships, etc., transporting it to a storage site and injecting it into suitable underground geological formations or other sites for permanent storage or reuse.

According to an announcement by the newly established company ECOLOG, it will invest in 60 ships, and the necessary terminals to transport 50 million tons of CO2 per year by 2035. In support of industry plans to reduce harmful emissions, this extensive network by sea will connect CO2 emitters to storage facilities for low cost or reuse, at a corresponding cost.

According to the company, it is going to start with the transportation of 5 million tons per year in 2025 to 2026 and reach 50 million tons by 2035.

This new business is supported by Ceres Shipping, whose investment interest extends to both liquefied natural gas (LNG) transportation via GasLog Ltd and bulk dry cargo transportation through DryLog. Ceres Shipping states in a relevant announcement that “we are extremely proud to publicly announce the launch of ECOLOG and the role it will play in the world’s efforts to reach Net Zero by 2050”. ECOLOG, according to the announcement, will help accelerate the urgently needed adoption of CCUS by offering midstream (transport, storage, wholesale) services.

ECOLOG ships will be the first of their kind in a range of capacity ranging from a minimum of 20,000 cubic meters for local transport up to 85,000 cubic meters for longer distance trade. Each of the vessels will carry over 1 million tonnes of CO2 per year between ECOLOG terminal. Ships and terminals will operate at a pressure of 8 bar to ensure efficient and safe transport of large volumes of CO2. All the technologies that are going to be developed in this network have been established for many years, just redesigned for scale and product.