Combat climate change through technology

Minister of Trade and Industry visited TCM

- The main focus is to test how this technology can be optimized so that cost efficiency and profitability in CO2 capture can be implemented in other places around the world, said minister Trond Giske during his TCM visit Friday.

- We should also be open for new technological possibilities not previously considered, which is always a possiility when billions have been used on research.This leads to various unexpected spin-offs, so we must keep ourselves open to these possibilities. This can also contribute to a much larger contribution from research than originally planned, Giske said .

He visited Friday TCM for the first time on Friday and was impressed by the dimensions and complexity of the Technology Centre Mongstad (TCM), which will soon begin the first tests of CO2 capture.

 - One gets a broader view of the dimensions of the plant when one experiences it in person. One also gets a greater understanding that it is not just about experimenting with chemistry and actual carbon capture, but the whole operation of a large industrial plant, which is just as important when considering energy consumption and the cost of capture, said Giske.

Minister of Trade and Industry Trond Giske was interviewed by Financial Times at TCM.

TCM is now 77% finished  and commissioning will start in a few weeks. While some part of TCM is drawing near completion, other parts are still undergoing assembly and construction. The amine plant is closest to completion. Then there will be testing of the various components, and thereafter system testing, before we start the initial testing activities in fall.

TCM will initially 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.

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

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Publisert 6/15/2011

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