May 14, 2012
A carbon capture test facility opened on Norway’s west coast last week.
It’s the biggest and most advanced lab for testing carbon capture technology in the world. It took six years to build at a cost of one billion dollars (slightly over estimated budgets, but that’s another story).
The facility is called Technology Centre Mongstad (TCM) and is a joint venture between the Norwegian state, Statoil, Shell and Sasol.
It’s built beside an oil refinery and a gas fired power station so exhaust gas from both, containing CO2, can be pumped into TCM. Two technologies, made by two different companies are being tested, one against the other. The intent is to find a solution to storing CO2 that works better and costs less than what exists today.