Alstom to build Chilled Ammonia plant
On behalf of the partners of the European CO2 Technology Centre Mongstad (TCM), StatoilHydro has signed an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract with Alstom Norway AS for a chilled ammonia (carbonate) CO2 capture plant at TCM in Norway.
The contract has a value of approximately NOK 580 million (€ 65M). The TCM partners are Gassnova SF, A/S Norske Shell and StatoilHydro ASA, with Gassnova SF representing the Norwegian government in the project. StatoilHydro is the operator and project manager in the construction phase.
Alstom will supply one of the two technologies that are planned as demonstration facilities for CO2 capture at the Technology Centre.
According to plans, TCM shall test two different technologies for capturing CO2 from two flue gas sources with different CO2 contents. It is an ambition that the centre will provide various learning effects regarding technology scale-up, operational conditions, environmental impact and testing of sub-contractor deliverables.
In addition to Alstom's carbonate technology plant, an EPC contract for an amine plant was signed with Aker Clean Carbon earlier this year. This means that both technology contracts are now in place.
- We are very pleased that Alstom has successfully run the pilot testing of its technology and is now ready to participate in the testing of CO2 capture technologies from day 1 at the Technology Centre, says Gassnova's managing director, Bjørn-Erik Haugan, on behalf of the TCM partners.
- The contract that has been signed with Alstom is an important milestone for TCM. The ambitions for TCM as a testing arena are high. One of the goals of testing the chilled ammonia technology is to qualify the technology for the large-scale treatment of exhaust gases, and at the same time develop cost-efficient technologies, Bjørn-Erik Haugan concludes.