CO2 Technology Centre Mongstad (TCM)

Through knowledge and experience from national projects, Norway wants contribute to the development and deployment of CCS. The ultimate goal of the Technology Center Mongstad is to prepare the ground for development of an effective instrument for reducing CO2 emissions.

Through knowledge and experience from national projects, Norway wants contribute to the development and deployment of CCS. The ultimate goal of the Technology Center Mongstad is to prepare the ground for development of an effective instrument for reducing CO2 emissions.

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The CCS projects at Mongstad is based on the implementation agreement between the Norwegian State and Statoil, and the Ministry of the Environment’s emission permit of October 12, 2006. The planning of the TCM project began immediately after the emission permit was granted and the implementation agreement signed.

On May 7, 2009 the Storting authorised the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy to invest in TCM. Based on this, Statoil, Shell and the State (through Gassnova) decided to establish a technology company and commence construction of TCM. The construction is now in full progress.

To ensure that the experiences from the Technology Centre have broad relevance, the Technology Centre will test CO2 capture on two types of flue gases using two different capture technologies. One source of flue gas is the existing catalytic cracker facility at the Mongstad Refinery, and the other source of flue gas is the gas fired combined heat and power plant (CHP). Two capture technologies will be tested in parallel, amine technology and chilled ammonia technology. The choices of technologies were made by the TCM project on the basis of assessments of the technologies’ potential for improvements, possibilities of implementation as retrofit solutions, possibilities of full-scale application, technical maturity, environmental effects, and the possibilities of capture from sources such as coal, natural gas, and refining.

The objective for TCM is to provide an arena for targeted development, testing and improving technology so that costs and risks of CCS may be reduced. A successful implementation of this project will create the foundations for further developments of CCS technology.

In May 2010, the South African company Sasol joined as partner in CO2 Technology Centre Mongstad. The significance of the TCM project is global and this is now duly reflected in the partnership. Partners are: the State (75.12%), Statoil (20%), Shell (2.44%) and Sasol (2.44%).

(Revised June 2011)