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Strengthened support for CCS Test Centre Network

The United States and Norway announce their commitment to support the Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Test Centre Network.

The United States and Norway affirm their continued commitment to enhance the development of technologies that will merge the need for reliable and cost efficient power production with sustainable deployment at large scale to meet the world’s growing demand for energy.

Announced at the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum’s (CSLF) Ministerial Meeting, an international ministerial conference on carbon capture in Washington DC on Thursday 7 November 2013, U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and Norweigan Minister for Petroleum and Energy Tord Lien agreed to strengthen cooperation between the test centers for carbon capture. The aim is to accelerate the development of technologies that are needed to succeed. 

The CCS Test Centre Network was first launched by the CO2 Technology Centre Mongstad (TCM, Norway), NCCC (US) and other carbon capture test facilities in late 2012. The eight founding members of the Test Centre Network are: CO2 Technology Centre Mongstad (Norway), National Carbon Capture Center (Alabama, US), Southern Company’s CCS demonstration facility (Alabama, US), J-Power (Japan), ENEL Engineering and Research (IT), E.ON (Germany), DOOSAN Power Systems (UK) and SaskPower (Canada).  Membership in the Network is open to any large-scale CCS test centers.

The CCS Test Centre Network will be holding its first official meeting on 25 November 2013 in Brussels. In the portfolio of technologies needed, capture and use or storage of CO2 (CCS) from large point sources will be key, along with renewables and other measures to address climate and environmental concerns.

CCS is still at an early stage of commercial deployment, and there is a need for enhanced testing at large scale of CCS technology solutions worldwide in order to reduce cost, bridge the gap between R&D and commercial deployment, and increase confidence in the technology. 

United States Secretary of Energy, Dr. Ernest Moniz, said:
“A number of countries are involved in addition to Norway and US. This provides enhanced technology learning which is beneficial to many, a base of factual evidence, increased awareness, acceptance and reduced risks.”

Norwegian Minister for Petroleum and Energy, Tord Lien, said:
“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 also welcome other countries to join, says

He stresses that carbon capture is one of several actions that must be taken in order to reduce emissions from fossil fuels. The technology being developed must be adopted globally. This requires cross-border cooperation.

“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,” concludes Lien.

The development of CCS internationally will greatly benefit from the services of the CCS Test Centre Network, which will contribute to knowledge sharing related to new solutions and technologies in the field of CCS, and will increase the confidence in the technology for prospective users and stakeholders.

The network is expected to:

• provide enhanced technical learning and confidence that can be beneficial for projects in applying more efficient CCS solutions
• increase insight and awareness of different technologies for relevant stakeholders that may reduce risks and increase investments in CCS technology
• provide a broader base of factual evidence which can increase general transparency of CCS, and thereby enhance public awareness and acceptance of the technology
• increase the value of public and private CCS research and technology investments through increased sharing of lessons learned and results from parallel activities 

The United States and Norway took the opportunity of the CSLF Ministerial Meeting to highlight, support and strengthen this initiative by jointly agreeing to provide resources for administration and development in the first four-year period of the CCS Test Centre Network.  The chairmanship will be held by either of the two countries initially and will subsequently rotate amongst the member test centers around the world. CSLF Member States and host countries of large-scale test centers are encouraged to join and participate in the network.

About Technology Centre Mongstad
The IEA estimates that fossil fuels will account for 60% of energy generation by 2030, making CCS a vital technology for decarbonising the world’s energy supply.  The IEA, the EU and the IPCC indicate that a fifth of the carbon reduction target needed to curb a two degree rise in global temperatures by 2050 could come from CCS alone. 

Technology Centre Mongstad (TCM) is the world’s largest and most advanced facility for testing and improving CO2 capture.  TCM is a joint venture set up by the Norwegian state (75.12 %), Statoil (20 %), Shell (2.44 %) and Sasol (2.44 %).  It aims to increase knowledge on carbon capture technologies, in order to reduce technical and financial risk, and accelerate the development of qualified technologies capable of wide scale international deployment.  Up to eighty per cent of the costs of CCS are related to CO2 capture, so TCM is encouraging the use of their facilities to refine the capture process and bring costs down.  

Publisert 11/8/2013

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