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MoU signed with major CCS vendor

Technology Centre Mongstad (TCM) and Shell Cansolv have agreed on a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the testing of Cansolv’s advanced CO2 capture process in the existing TCM amine plant at Mongstad.

The test campaign will be performed using exhaust gas from the Combined Heat and Power Plant and will focus on process verification and emission control. The testing is scheduled to start during the third quarter of 2014.

“TCM is delighted to be able to perform testing with one of the key vendors in the CCS industry, in a continued effort to progress CCS for full scale applications”, says Frank Ellingsen, TCM’s managing director.

The Cansolv announcement came during Milestone Mongstad 3, comprising of several high level meetings and events in Bergen and at Mongstad on 6 - 8 May, focusing on lessons learned to date and international knowledge sharing for the acceleration of CCS.

The event highlights two successful years of operation and lessons learned at the world’s largest CO2 capture technology test centre: CO2 Technology Centre Mongstad (TCM). TCM has created an arena for demonstration of CO2 technologies at near industrial scale, providing invaluable learning for technology suppliers as well as for energy companies globally.

The Milestone Mongstad 3 participants heard from the governments of US and Norway following the countries bilateral agreement to advance CCS; from TCM owners and management; from TCMs resident technology vendors, Alstom and Aker Solutions; plus from our test centre network participants and other industrial leaders. There will also be a panel session moderated by Sarah Montague of the BBC.

Shell Cansolv is one of the leading vendors in the CCS industry, supplying their technology to full scale projects coming on stream throughout the world. A prime example is the Integrated CO2 Capture System project at Boundary Dam power station in Estevan, Saskatchewan, Canada. The regenerable Cansolv CO2 Capture System offers a method to remove up to 90% of the CO2 from exhaust gases.

Technology Centre Mongstad is the world’s largest facility for testing and verifying CO2 capture technologies, and started its operations with two major CCS vendors – Aker and Alstom during the second quarter of 2012. Since then considerable knowledge has been accumulated to improve capture technologies and reduce technology and operational risks.

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

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