Article | Last updated: 22/08/2014 | Ministry of Petroleum and Energy
Technology Centre Mongstad (TCM) is the world's largest facility for testing and development of carbon capture technologies. TCM contributes to global efforts to combat climate change, and is a key part of Norway's CCS policies.
TCM is an arena for long-term and targeted development, testing and qualification of CCS technologies. The test centre shall contribute to international dissemination of experience. The aim is to reduce the costs and risk associated with CO2 capture.
The Norwegian State, represented by Gassnova, owns 75.12 per cent of the facility. The other owners are
- Statoil (20 per cent)
- Shell (2.44 per cent)
- the South African company Sasol (2.44 per cent).
The technology centre was officially opened in May 2012 and has been operating ever since.
TCM is the world's largest facility for testing and development of CO2 capture technologies. It is designed to test CO2 capture from two different flue gas sources. One of the sources is the cracker unit at the oil refinery. The other is a combined heat and power station. Different suppliers for construction, testing and demonstration are testing their technologies based on amine blends (Cansolv and Aker) and chilled ammonia (Alstom).
TCM cooperates with national and international companies and research institutions developping CO2-capture technology. The test center has also initiated the CCS Test Centre Network, an international cooperation between CO2-capture test centres. The know-how gathered at TCM is applied at full scale facilities and projects such as in Canada.
For more information about TCM, see www.tcmda.com/en.