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Stoltenberg: TCM is important for the world

Yesterday, the Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg conducted the official opening of the world’s largest and most advanced centre for testing and development of carbon capture technologies at Mongstad in Norway.

-  The knowledge we gain here at Mongstad will help prepare the ground for future CO2 capture initiatives, and thereby combat climate change, Stoltenberg said.

Both Mr. Stoltenberg and Mr. Oettinger held speeches at the inauguration ceremony gathering more than 250 prominent international guests. The opening marks the completion of the construction phase and the start of an exciting test phase of great importance for the development of carbon capture technologies globally.

Watch and download pictures from the event here

The inauguration ceremony was followed by a panel discussion hosted by the Norwegian Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Ola Borten Moe, and co-panelled by Statoil’s CEO Helge Lund, Head of IEA Maria van der Hoeven and Global CCS Institute’s CEO Brad Page. 

- There is no solution to the challenges presented by climate change which does not incorporate CCS. Technological development is crucial if we are to progress in this important area. The inauguration of TCM is a groundbraking event in this regard. The experience and new knowledge we will gather through the tests conducted at the facility will bring us closer to achieving our goals, Minister of Petroleum and Energy Ola Borten Moe said.

The panel discussion covered topics such as climate change and carbon capture as an important element in the global fight against climate change. Reports from the International Energy Agency (IEA) and UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) indicate that Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) can reduce CO2 emissions by up to 20 per cent by 2050. The discussion focused on the political and industrial frameworks needed to ensure global deployment of Carbon Capture and Storage(CCS) technology.

Important Norwegian contribution
In 2006, the Norwegian government and Statoil agreed to build a centre for testing of carbon capture technologies at Mongstad in Norway. The investment decision was unanimously supported in the Norwegian Parliament in May 2009. Tore Amundsen has great expectations for the role of TCM both in a national and a global perspective. 

- TCM receives a lot of attention internationally. Even in the construction phase, we have had more than 3 000 visitors at the facilities. The Technology centre at Mongstad is not only the largest of its kind, in addition it is the most advanced and flexible installation for testing of carbon capture technology in the world. TCM’s unique flexibility allows for testing of two or more different technologies with access to flue gas from the gas-fired combined heat and power plant and the flue gas from the refinery catalytic cracker. The inauguration ceremony marks an important step towards commercialising this kind of technology.

The world’s CO2 emissions increases and it is critical to develop carbon capture technology for global deployment on large point sources, such as power generation and large energy-consuming industries,” says Mr. Amundsen.

Amundsen emphasises that TCM’s main purpose is to become a global resource centre for carbon capture technologies and to share experience and knowledge gained from testing with owners, vendors and the global research community.

Aker Clean Carbon and Alstom will test their respective technologies in the first phase. Recently, TCM invited vendors in the field of carbon capture technology internationally to compete for a role in a second phase of testing programmes at TCM . The response has been overwhelming, and TCM is positioned to play a key role in developing carbon capture technologies internationally.

TCM is a joint venture between Gassnova, on behalf of the Norwegian state, Statoil, Shell and Sasol.

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Publisert 5/7/2012

Sist endret 5/8/2012

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