Combat climate change through technology

South-African Energy Minister visited TCM

The Energy Ministers of South-Africa and Norway visited Technology Center Mongstad (TCM) on Friday. They were both impressed by the scale and complexity of the carbon capture  facilities which will soon come onstream at Mongstad, Norway.

- The South-African energy company Sasol saw it fit to invest very early in TCM, and for me that is an indication that we have responsible companies that want to make it possible that as we pass policies and regulations they can be able to respond to that.

Energy Minister Dipuo Peters came to Mongstad in connection with the South-African state visit to Norway last week. Sasol joined the TCM partnership last summer, and is an important player in the project which goal is to test and improve carbon capture to prepare for full scale carbon capture and storage deployment worldwide.

- I am impressed and excited. TCM is getting near completion, and I am very excited to see the results from the testing, says Minister of Petroleum and Energy Ola Borten Moe.

CCS will also be an important issue for deliberations during the upcoming UN Climate meeting in Durban (COP17) in December, and TCM will take part in that conference.

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.

- Sasol has brought to the table a very strong technology base, energized people and a recognition of the challenges that CO2 emissions represent to the climate, to society and to business. These challenges can only be resolved in close, international collaboration between governments and industry, says TCM chairman Bjørn-Erik Haugan.

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 emmissions 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 9/5/2011

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