Wartsila Exhaust Treatment has signed a letter of intent with Norway-based shipping company Solvang to carry out a full-scale pilot retrofit deployment of a carbon capture and storage (CCS) system on the latter’s ethylene carrier Clipper Eos.

The retrofitted unit will be developed by Wartsila Exhaust Treatment, along with the completion of a land-based 1MW test system at its headquarters in Moss, Norway.

The land-based unit is expected to be finished this autumn, while the installation of the pilot CCS system on board the 21,000cbm Clipper Eos will take place by 2023.

The project’s focus is to minimise the vessel’s carbon footprint.

Wartsila Exhaust Treatment director Sigurd Jenssen said: “Joining forces with Solvang to build and retrofit a commercially viable CCS technology demonstrates to the industry that we are only two or three years away from bringing to market another vital tool in shipping’s decarbonisation toolkit.

“Our land-based test unit is nearing completion, and we will then move to making it a reality on the Clipper Eos, ensuring that both Wartsila and Solvang remain at the forefront of maritime sustainability technology advancement.”

Following its delivery in 2019, Solvang’s ethylene carrier has been time chartered by Tokyo-based Marubeni.

Last month, Wartsila partnered with the LINCCS consortium to expand and develop carbon capture technologies and infrastructure.

Some of the project partners are Sustainable Energy Catapult Centre, Sintef Energy, Aker Solutions, Cognite, Aize, Equinor and TotalEnergies.

Recently, the consortium obtained $13.32m (Nkr111m) in funding for conducting research and development.

Earlier this month, Wartsila won a contract to deliver four shaft generator systems for two liquefied natural gas carrier ships that are being built for Capital Gas Ship Management.