World’s largest CCS facility opens for trials

The world’s largest carbon capture and storage test facility opened this week in Norway. The Technology Centre Mongstad, a joint venture between Gassnova, Statoil, Shell and Sasol, focuses on several […]

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By Tom Gibson

The world’s largest carbon capture and storage test facility opened this week in Norway. The Technology Centre Mongstad, a joint venture between Gassnova, Statoil, Shell and Sasol, focuses on several post-combustion technologies for both gas and coal plants and is designed to capture 100,000 tonnes per year of CO2.

Tore Amundsen, Managing Director of the Technology Centre Mongstad said: “The launch of the world’s largest facility for testing and developing carbon capture technologies is an important milestone for all parties involved in the efforts towards a low carbon future.”

The technology centre aims to become a resource for improving the state of CCS internationally. TCM’s partners invested 5 billion Norwegian kroner (£530m) for the construction and development of the technology centre.

CCS is seen by many as the answer to meeting global energy demand as well as countering climate change through the capture of greenhouse gases. The UK government estimates the country has the potential to support an industry worth £6.5 billion by the 2020s.