Pilot studies entered into for amine-based carbon capture at Mongstad
The partnership behind the carbon test centre at Mongstad, European C02 Test Centre Mongstad (TCM), has signed contracts for technical pilot studies of amine-based carbon capture systems with the Norwegian company Aker Kværner Engineering and Technology (in the following Aker Clean Carbon AS) and the Canadian-American company HTC Purenergy Inc./Bechtel Overseas Corporation. The pilot studies will help form the basis for making a final investment decision in the fourth quarter of 2008 on whether to build an amine-based test plant.
Amine-based carbon capture is among the technologies with the greatest potential for full-scale carbon capture in the short-term. In addition to testing amine technologies, there are plans for testing an alternative, newly-developed carbonate technology at Mongstad.
“The signing of the contracts was an important milestone and a decisive step forward in the work to build a test centre for carbon capture at Mongstad. The amine technology is well known but it can be improved in order to reduce investment costs and energy requirements,” says Bjørn-Erik Haugan, head of Gassnova, on behalf of the TCM partnership. The TCM partnership consists of DONG Energy, Gassnova SF,
A/S Norske Shell, StatoilHydro ASA and Vattenfall AB.