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Key Obama aide visited Technology Centre Mongstad

From the left: Shella Biallas, Robert Fee and Mr. Chris Smith..

Closer Norwegian - American cooperation on carbon capture and storage ( CCS ) was on top of the agenda during the visit of Mr. Chris Smith, US Department of Energy's Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy.

- It is important to collaborate on CCS technology development. We see a lot of opportunities to work together with the test centers like this, said Mr. Chris Smith.

The visit to Norway and Mongstad came in the wake of the ministerial meeting in Washington D.C. last month where U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and Norwegian minister of Petroleum and energy Tord Lien agreed to strengthen cooperation between test centers for carbon capture. The aim is to accelerate the development of technologies that will be needed to succeed.

Mr. Chris Smith visited TCM with his advisor Rob Fee, and Shella Biallas from the U.S. Embassy in Oslo. They got a broad review of Norway's commitment to carbon capture and storage by Gassnovas CEO Tore Amundsen and a presentation of the results of the first year's technology testing at TCM.

TCM's managing director Frank Ellingsen informed about exciting new technologies - including technologies from the U.S - that most likely will be tested at TCM in the next phase. Aker and Alstom presented their respective test programs, and stressed the importance of test centers like TCM to make progress and mature technologies for full-scale development projects worldwide.

The US also has a large test center where different carbon capture technologies are currently being tested, namely the National Carbon Capture Center (NCCC) in Alabama. But the companies testing here only has access to the flue gas from a coal power plant. TCM is unique with its infrastructure and access to the flue gas from a gas-fired power plant, is a very attractive place for American and other international companies to test.

The International CCS Test Centre network that was established on the initiative of the Technology Centre Mongstad ( TCM) and NCCC a year ago, is now well underway with the sharing of knowledge that contributes to faster fremdift in CCS development globally.
The new Norwegian minister of Petroleum and Energy, Tord Lien, said the following in Washington DC in conjunction with the extended partnership agreement between Norway and the United States on CCS -front:

“We have agreed to move the cooperation within carbon capture to a new level. The pilot network will contribute to the development of carbon capture, and ensure that relevant technologies are adopted. In cooperation with our international partners, Norway will work to enhance the network. We all agree  that we need to share ideas, knowledge and experiences in order to find commercially viable solutions. Existing infrastructure must be utilized in an efficient manner. We must learn as much as possible  from each other. This requires cooperation and joint efforts from the industry, the research community  and governments“.

The network of test centers were established in November  2012 by Technology Centre Mongstad ( TCM) and seven other centers in the U.S., Canada, UK, Germany and Japan.

Chris Smith will today meet with, among others, Norway's oil and energy minister Tord Lien and with Statoil.

Early next year, TCM will take part in a major innovation conference with CCS as one of the main issues in Washington D.C.

Publisert 12/11/2013

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