Top US Energy Official visited TCM

Steven Winberg from US Department of Energy (DOE),  and his Norwegian colleague State Sec. Odd Emil Ingebrigtsen visited Technology Centre Mongstad (TCM) on Friday 14.

Steven Winberg (right) in coversation with Odd Emil Ingebrigtsen. Photo: TCM

– The International Energy Agency has stated carbon capture is an essential piece of any effort to reduce carbon emission significantly and the energy transition. USA and Norway have a long and storied partnership that will only continue to grow, said Winberg who visited TCM to learn about the new unit for testing emerging carbon capture technologies.

The US Department of Energy (US DOE) has long partnered with US companies to test their technologies at TCM in Norway. Since 2018, DOE has funded six US companies for testing at TCM. ION Clean Energy and Fluor Corporation have already successfully completed their testing. In addition, Membrane Technology & Research (MTR) and TDA Research have signed agreements to conduct testing at the new site for emerging technologies at TCM in 2020.

TCM is currently the world’s largest and most advanced plant for testing of carbon capture technologies. The technology centre has invested more than USD 3 million in a new test site that will allow testing of new emerging carbon capture technologies such as membranes or absorbents (solid materials binding with CO2). The expansion will be completed in 2020.

The test centre at Mongstad currently consist of two industrial scale facilities with liquid based technologies. The two main technology suppliers for the planned full-scale carbon capture projects in Norway, Norcem Brevik and Fortum Oslo Varme, have tested and developed their technologies at TCM.

-TCM has a unique scale and flexibility in terms of ability to simulate real-world conditions for post-combustion capture and to test a multitude of different mature and emerging technologies in a cost-effective manner, so that they are ready for international deployment,” said State Secretary of the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, Odd Emil Ingebrigtsen, who accompanied his US colleague during the TCM visit.

In 2004, the governments of Norway and the United States signed a bilateral cooperation agreement in the energy sector, which included carbon capture. The US Department of Energy has been working very closely with TCM since the plant started in 2012.

Handover of capture reports

Fortum Oslo Varme and Norcem have completed their Front End Engineering studies, which is an important milestone for their projects.

From the left: Jannicke Bjerkås, Fortum Oslo Varme, Trude Sundset, Gassnova, Per Brevik and Tor Gautestad from Norcem/HeidelbergCement

– With this milestone, you are finished with planning full-scale carbon capture at your plants. I would like to congratulate you with this milestone, which is important for both jobs and value creation in the future industry in Grenland and Oslo, but not the least for Europe, said Gassnova’s CEO to Per Brevik of Norcem/HeidelbergCement and Jannicke Bjerkås of Fortum Oslo Varme when the event was marked at Gassnova’s premises on Monday.

Together with their partners and subcontractors, the two companies have put in a significant amount of work during the 2.5 years of concept and FEED studies.

Gassnova is now entering an evaluation phase where our carbon capture and storage experts go through all parts of the reports. The FEED studies have a comprehensive documentation that we will thoroughly study. The capture studies must also be seen in the context of the FEED studies of transport and storage.

Gassnova will provide input related to evaluation of the projects, professional assessments of the overall nature of the potential CCS chains and socio-economic assessments to the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (OED). The Ministry will add its own assessments from, among other things, the commercial agreements for the construction and operational phase and quality assurance from the state’s own quality assurance provider.

Next, the Norwegian parliament (Storting) will make a decision how to proceed in the autumn of 2020.

All the knowledge generated in the reports will be very interesting also for stakeholders and subsequent projects.

New Communications Director of Gassnova

Rune Gutteberg Hansen (48), who started this week as Head of the Communications department of Gassnova, has communications experience from private and public companies – nationally and internationally.

– In my experience, many people are unaware of the importance of carbon capture and storage (CCS) in achieving the climate targets. We have a great communication tasks ahead of us – both in terms of the specific projects we are currently working on and how CCS can play a critical role in solving the climate challenges. I am very pleased to have a Communications manager like Rune Gutteberg Hansen, with such a strong background in communications and marketing, to lead Gassnova’s work in this area, says Trude Sundset, CEO Gassnova

For nearly 25 years, Rune has held leading positions as Communications Director of Volvo Cars in Norway, as Communications manager at Statnett and Coop Norge, and as Marketing manager at Dagbladet. Gutteberg Hansen also has a background as an adviser.

He has education from the Norwegian Defense College, Norwegian School of Economics, Administrative Research Fund (AFF) and BI Norwegian School of Economics.

-Gassnova is at the forefront internationally in the development of carbon capture and storage solutions. These are measures among others that the UN has identified as very important for achieving global climate targets in the future. And when there was an opportunity to be part of Gassnova’s organization and all the expertise gathered here, my choice was simple, says Rune Gutteberg Hansen

Gutteberg Hansen will be part of Gassnova’s management team

Successful CCS conference

The European High Level Conference on Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) in Oslo this week gathered more than 400 participants from 26 countries to progress the development of CCS in Europe.

Bilde fra folkene i salen.

Kjell-Børge Freiberg, Norwegian Minister of Petroleum and Energy and Miguel Arias Cañete, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy hosted the European High Level Conference on Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Thursday 5 September 2019 in Oslo.

Press release from the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy

Press release from Equinor

Fully booked Climate Technology Conference kicks off in Oslo today

CLIMIT Summit 2019 brings together more than 270 high-level speakers and experts for exchanging ideas and building knowledge within the important climate mitigation tool: Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS).

Trude Sundset på scenen
Trude Sundset

Minister of Petroleum and Energy Kjell-Børge Freiberg started the high-level session of this year’s CLIMIT Summit. He was followed by Patrick Child from the EU Commission, Angelos Kokkinos from the US Department of Energy and representatives from central actors of the Norwegian CCS efforts who will discuss opportunities for cooperation in this area.

“CLIMIT is currently mobilizing the next wave of capture projects. These are projects that potentially will use the storage infrastructure of the Norwegian full-scale demonstration project. Even on an international scale, CLIMIT is contributing to progress. Along with funding from Swedish authorities, CLIMIT supports testing of capture technology at the PREEM refinery in Sweden. This project could possibly lead to an international source that could use the planned storage in the North Sea, says Freiberg.”
Minister of Petroleum and Energy Kjell-Børge Freiberg

He added: The Norwegian full-scale project would not have been possible without CLIMIT. CLIMIT has supported development of every step in the value chain: capture, transport and storage.

CEO of Gassnova, Trude Sundset, is also underlining the importance of international collaboration.

“We learn something every day and this is why it is important that we exchange knowledge and pull in the same direction. That’s exactly what we do at CLIMIT Summit. Our Minister of Petroleum and Energy already mentioned the Preem project. And tomorrow we will sign an agreement with the American National Energy Laboratory (NETL) on exchange of personnel between our facilities and offices. It is crucial that we all work together on accelerating technology development and implementing CCS in industrial scale.”
CEO Trude Sundset
Fullsatt sal på Soria Moria Hotel.

At CLIMIT Summit we also have broad participation from the industry, and speakers from among others Total, Equinor, Mo Industrial Park, Eyde cluster, Preem AB, Federation of Norwegian Industry and Norwegian Oil and Gas Association.

CLIMIT is the Norwegian programme for research, development and demonstration of technology for CO2 capture, transport and storage. The International Energy Agency IEA and the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change agree that reaching the Paris goals without CCS will be extremely demanding. Through the CLIMIT research programme, Gassnova and the Research Council of Norway are cooperating to fund CCS projects with about 20 million Euro annually.

The government has granted permission for CO₂ storage in the North Sea

Equinor today received a government permit for CO storage on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.

​​​The allocated area for storing CO₂ is located close to the Troll field in the North Sea. The storage is a key element of the planned full-scale project with capture, transport and storage of CO₂ (CCS) in Norway.

“This is the first exploitation permit for storing CO on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. The permit is an important milestone in Norway’s major climate project for capturing, transporting and storing CO from the industry.”
CEO Trude Sundset i Gassnova

Equinor is currently working on FEED studies of the storage solution together with its partners Shell and Total. The same goes for Fortum Oslo Varme and Norcem where the CO₂ will be captured. According to the plan, Gassnova will receive these studies in August, and when the government has made its decision, the matter will be presented to the Parliament next year.