Combat climate change through technology

Minister: Important to reduce CCS costs

- For more countries to apply CCS, it is important that we can reduce the costs of CCS, said Erik Solheim, the Minister of the Environment and International Development, during his visit to TCM today.

- The most important is to demonstrate that the technology works and that the cost of carbon capture can be reduced, so that countries like China and India and the whole world can apply CCS, said Solheim.

He got a through presentation of the ambitions and plans for the CO2 Technology Centre Mongstad (TCM) and a tour of the construction site.

- To get from building a test center to make a technology affordable enough for the whole world is a long road. But those who never start will never succeed, said Solheim.

The construction of the world’s largest facility for testing and improving CO2 capture, Technology Centre Mongstad (TCM), is now halfway complete and it is on track to start operating by early 2012.

This Friday the Norwegian minister of Oil and Energy, Terje Riis-Johansen, will open the 5000 m2 large administration complex of TCM, but initially only the offices and meeting spaces will be in use. The workshops, lab and operation rooms will be ready for commissioning next year.

These days large prefabricated structures are arriving on site, and are being installed. Soon more than 700 workers will be engaged at the ten soccer field large construction site at the Mongstad.

TCM will test two different technologies, from Aker Clean Carbon and Alstom, respectively, for capture of CO2 from two flue gas sources with different CO2 content. The objective of the testing is in part to qualify the technologies for large-scale cleaning of exhaust gas, while simultaneously developing cost-effective technology solutions.

Technology Centre Mongstad is the world’s largest facility for testing and improving CO2 capture. Knowledge gained will prepare the ground for CO2 capture initiatives to combat climate change. TCM is a joint venture between the Norwegian state, Statoil, Shell and Sasol

For more information, please contact: Vegar Stokset, Head of Communications
m: +47 952 76 256, e: vesto@statoil.com

Publisert 9/28/2010

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