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World’s largest CO2 test facility announces findings closing knowledge gap on amine capture process, opening the door for commercialisation of techniques to capture carbon emissions.

CO2 Technology Centre Mongstad (TCM) has renewed its invitation for technology partners to use its unique carbon capture test facilities, following the release of crucial findings on post combustion technologies, which are capable of capturing up to 90% of CO2 emissions from power plants and industrial sources.

One of the critical technologies successfully tested since TCM opened in May 2012 is amine solvent carbon absorption, which has been tested alongside existing technology partner, Aker Solutions*.  Based on the findings from the amine plant, TCM is launching two papers, which for the first time recommend the viability of safe amine carbon capture.

Today, the papers will be presented to the global CCS community for the first time, at the International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Technologies (GHGT), in Kyoto, Japan. 

Speaking from the event, Tore Amundsen, Managing Director, CO2 Technology Centre said:

“With TCM’s amine carbon capture plant up & running and already making valuable discoveries for the advancement of global CCS, we wish to reiterate the open invitation to other vendors to verify and de-risk their technologies with us.  TCM is not profit-driven, we only ask vendors to cover their operational expenses.  Our one goal is the global advancement of CCS as an essential technology for addressing climate change.  We urge companies to act now and contact us to capitalise on the available test environment.”

Companies can register their interest directly with TCM.  To date, major technology brands have already registered their interest for the second phase of testing, including Aker Solutions (which plans to continue its use of the plant), plus Hitachi, Mitsubishi and Siemens.  From the beginning of 2014, successful applicants will gain access to the amine plant. 

The amine plant is capable of processing 80,000 tonnes of CO2 per year from the refinery cracker and 20,000 tonnes of CO2 from the Combined Heat & Power Plant(CHP). 

In addition to the fully operational amine plant, TCM is also offering available space for  further technologies.

Knut Sanden, vice president for carbon capture technologies in Aker Solutions, said:

“The results from TCM confirm the many advantages of Aker Solutions’ proprietary carbon capture technology.  We look forward to continue testing at the Mongstad plant, to further improve our offering to the market.  We are also pleased to see that the amine carbon capture plant that we designed and delivered is proving valuable in operation.”

The renewed call for entrants follows the publication of three scientific reports by research publisher, Energy Procedia, utilising data from TCM, which greatly reduce uncertainty on the nature of amine emissions, either on their own or following chemical reaction in the atmosphere.  One of the papers, titled, Establishment of Knowledge base for Emission Regulation for the CO2 Technology Centre Mongstad, noted very low levels of amines detected following rigorous air sampling during plant operations.  The paper, titled,Health and environmental impact of amine based post combustion CO2 capture, followed an in-depth examination of potentially hazardous nitrosamine and nitramine compounds produced in a capture process using amines.  Testing and further development provides new knowledge on the formation, degradation and dispersion of these compounds, which to date has indicated that the health and environmental risks resulting from amine-based CO2 capture are less than previously thought.

Tore Amundsen concluded:

“The first phase of testing at TCM has helped to de-risk amine processing which would otherwise have been held back from meeting its potential as a key CO2 capture technology.  The second phase of testing at TCM promises continuing discoveries towards the commercialisation of CCS, in areas such as, reducing capture cost, effective utilisation of CO2, plus standardising the implementation of CCS technologies.  We welcome the involvement of new partners on this exciting journey towards addressing the global threat of climate change.”

Third paper: Operational experience and initial results from the first period at TCM

TCM is a $1bn joint venture set up by the Norwegian state, Statoil, Shell and Sasol.  It aims to increase knowledge on carbon capture technologies, in order to reduce technical and financial risk, and accelerate the development of qualified technologies capable of wide scale international deployment.  Up to eighty per cent of the costs of CCS are related to CO2 capture, so TCM is encouraging the use of their facilities to refine the capture process and bring costs down.

About Technology Centre Mongstad
Technology Centre Mongstad (TCM) is the world’s largest facility for testing and improving CO2 capture.  Technology Centre Mongstad is inviting the global CCS community to make use of the testing facilities.  Knowledge gained will prepare the ground for CO2 capture initiatives to combat climate change.  The center comprises two CO2 capture plants each with a capacity to capture approximately 80,000 tons of CO2 from the nearby refinery or 20,000 tons from a gas fired power plant.  In addition the center has available space and infrastructure to sustain more technologies to be tested in the future.  TCM is a joint venture between the Norwegian state, Statoil, Shell and Sasol.  Since the Mongstad test centre was first conceived in 2006, by the Norwegian state and Statoil, a myriad of organisations have come together to form a partnership to develop CCS, including Shell, Sasol, Aker Solutions and Alstom. 

*Aker Solutions in 2012 took full ownership of its subsidiary Aker Clean Carbon.

Publisert 11/20/2012

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