Norway’s Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg inaugurated the world’s largest CO2 capture test facility – partially based on Alstom’s Chilled Ammonia technology – at the Technology Centre Mongstad (TCM) on May 7, 2012. Alstom is one of two suppliers selected to build and test CO2 capture facilities, which are located near Bergen, by TCM’s partners Gassnova, Statoil, Shell and Sasol.
“This is a true milestone and we are excited to participate in the demonstration plant for the Chilled Ammonia Process at Mongstad. It is of outmost interest, that at TCM, our technology can be tested on flue gas both from a gas-fired power station as well as on industrial off gas from the nearby refinery. This gives us valuable experience to improve and to expand the use of this technology even further,” says Patrick Fragman, Vice President Environmental Control Systems and Carbon Capture & Storage at Alstom.
Following an initial start-up period Alstom, together with TCM, will carry out a 12 to 18 months testing and operations program commencing during summer 2012. It is expected that new developments and improvements will emerge throughout the test period. Alstom believes that TCM will be an attractive site to validate potential improvements even beyond the scheduled test period.
“With the TCM inauguration Alstom clearly makes a footprint as an important part of this unique development in Norway and we are confident that this will develop into a global reference point with the realization of full scale CO2 Capture and Storage facilities in the future,” says Eric Staurset, Alstom’s Country President in Norway.
Based on a successful pilot (5 MW, We Energies, US) as well as a validation plant operation (54 MW, AEP Mountaineer, US), the Chilled Ammonia Process (CAP) has demonstrated its potential to be a world class technology. The Alstom validation program has confirmed expected performance levels, without any detrimental environmental impact. Alstom offers a full portfolio of the most advanced carbon capture technologies for power and industrial applications, and is committed to 16 pilots and large scale Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) projects with various major utility and industrial partners throughout the world.
World’s largest CO2 capture test facility inaugurated Norway