- TCM is relevant not only because of the carbon emissions in South-Africa, but in the whole world, because this is a project that is aimed at saving the world. We can’t do it alone. We need every country in the world to come aboard to fight climate change, said ambassador Sisulu.
Wednesday she could see the large test facility under construction at Mongstad for the first time. This summer one of South-Africa’s largest energy companies, Sasol, joined the partnership in CO2 Technology Centre Mongstad, and thereby became an active participant in the project aiming at testing and improving CO2 capture for large scale deployment.
Sasol’s representative visiting on Wednesday was also very impressed by the progress of the project, and excited to be part of such an important project in fighting climate change.
- We are very proud to be part of this world leading development. We are represented on the board and the technical committee, and deliver some of our experiences into the project, says Jaco Libenberg from Sasol.
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.
Project manager Sverre Overå was guiding South-Africas ambassador Beryl Rose Sisulu around the construction site of CO2 Technology Center Mongstad.
The project is attracting visitors from all over the world. So far more than 1000 people have visited TCM, among them from Canada, USA, UK, France, Spain, Germany, Holland, South Korea, Japan, Australia, Brazil, South-Africa and Saudi-Arabia.
The development of CO2 Technology Centre Mongstad is more than 60 percent complete and the project just passed the 2 million work hours milestone without any serious incidents.
The large prefabricated structures for the capture plants are now installed, and hook-up activities are taking place. Later on the large pipe-rack will arrive on barges and be installed on site. Soon more than 700 workers will be engaged at the ten soccer field large construction site at 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.
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