Combat climate change through technology

A third of TCM complete

Construction of the new CO2 technology center at Mongstad is on schedule, and one million work hours have passed without any lost time incidents.

- I am very content with the good HSE (Health, Safety and environment) results we have achieved. The good results come from systematic work of both our suppliers and our own project personell at Mongstad. We will keep the good work up in the installation phase ahead, says project manager Sverre Overå in Statoil.

See video report from April from Mongstad

On april 22, the sea intake module for seawater will be installed at Mongstad. Divers have prepared the location under water near shore where the module will be placed. The unit has two pumps with a total capacity of 8400 cubic metres sea water that will be brought up from 40 m depth, 350 m from shore.  The water will be used to cool the capturing facilities.

The Alstom absorber tower is completed
The concrete part of Alstom's absorber tower is now completed after two weeks of intense pouring work.

The 29 m high tower has required in total 114 tons of steel enforcements and 320 cubic metres of concrete. The total height will be 50 m including the chimney on top.

Puring of the 63 metres tall absorber tower of Aker Clean Carbon will start at the beginning of June. About 200 workers are involved with construction on site, in addition to about 500 engineers and technical specialists working from various locations for the various suppliers.

In fall the amount of construction workers will increase significantly, when the installation of the prefabricated steel structures will start.

Administration complex ready in a few months
The 5000-metre administration complex that will completed in fall will house several operations rooms to run the test facilities, as well as a workshop, laboratory, warehouse, etc.

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.
The technology centre at Mongstad is the largest planned pilot project of its kind, with an annual capacity for handling up to 100,000 tonnes of CO2. The centre is scheduled to start operation in late 2011/early 2012.

Facts Technology Centre Mongstad (TCM)

The following companies own TCM:
Gassnova SF (77.56%)
Statoil ASA (20%)
A/S Norske Shell (2.44%)

TCM DA has its own management, which is responsible for operations and the testing programmes.

TCM is owned by potential end users of the CO2 capture technology. The goal is to bring in additional owners, and the South African energy company Sasol has signed a letter of intent concerning participation.

Statoil is the project manager and operator of the development phase. The construction work started in the summer of 2009, and the plan is to carry out the initial tests in late 2011/early 2012.

TCM has two exhaust gas sources: gas turbine exhaust from the new thermal power plant at Mongstad and exhaust from the refinery's cracker. The exhaust gas is relevant for a number of industrial processes, including gas and coal power plants.
TCM will include two CO2 capture technologies – one amine process and one chilled ammonia process.
The absorber towers will be used to test amine-based and chilled ammonia-based capture technologies. For CO2 capture after combustion, amines or chilled ammonia are used to absorb CO2. When the flue gas passes through the towers, most of the CO2 will bond with the amine or the chilled ammonia.

For more information, please contact:
Vegar Stokset
Head of Communications
CO2 Technology Centre Mongstad (TCM)

m: +47 952 76 256

Publisert 4/20/2010

Sist endret 8/4/2010

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