Combat climate change through technology

Prominent visit from the Middle East

Today a high level delegation led by the Minister of Energy from the United Arab Emirates visited CO2 Technology Centre Mongstad (TCM), the world's largest and most complex test center for CO2 capture.

The visit comes as a response to the invitation from the Norwegian government to the  the United Arab Emirates earlier this year.

- It is a pleasure for me to showcase Technology Centre Mongstad. Our government believes that carbon capture and storage can be be a key measure to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases. The test center is a vital part of the government's efforts in targeted development of CCS technology and that our friends from the UAE want to visit  TCM is yet another confirmation of the recognition we receive for this work internationally, says State Secretary Eli Blakstad who accompanied the delegation.

The Norwegian government, which through its enterprise for CO2 handling Gassnova owns the largest share in the TCM partnership, wants to include more partners to develop CO2 capture technology at Mongstad. UAE already have concrete plans for carbon capture and storage to help solve the climate challenge, and could be an exciting potential partner for TCM.

In addition to the Minister of Energy of United Arab Emirates, Mohamed Bin Dhaen Al Hamli, representatives for the national state oil company Adnoc, energy company Masdar and development company Mubadala visited Mongstad today.

United Arab Emirates is one of the world's largest oil exporters and also focuses on sustainable solutions for the future.

The USD 1 billion Technology Center at Mongstad (TCM) is now 80% complete and will be one of-a-kind in the world, with two large scale CO2 capture technologies tested with two real life CO2 point sources: a power plant and an oil refinery. The CO2 technologies are being provided by Aker and Alstom.

The objective is to demonstrate technologies at a scale that will give necessary experience and confidence for construction of these plants on a major scale, and contribute significantly to reduction of CO2 emissions from large point sources worldwide.

For more info, please contact:

Vegar Stokset, Head of Communications
CO2 Technology Centre Mongstad (TCM)
m: +47 952 76 256

Publisert 10/11/2011

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