Norwegian participation at the CCUS Summit in Beijing

Carbon, Capture (Utilization) and Storage (CC(U)S) is an important climate measure, receiving attention in China and in Norway. Gassnova, the Norwegian state eneterprise for Carbon Capture and Storage, Technology Centre Mongstad (TCM), the Norwegian Research council as well as Norwegian researchers participated in the 3rd Global Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage Summit on August 22-23, 2012. On the 24th, Innovation Norway organized a workshop focusing on the opportunities for Chinese partners to cooperate with TCM, the world’s largest test center for Carbon Capture technology.

More experience, reduced costs, environmental impact analyses and strengthened public acceptance must be acquired to achieve the set climate goals through CCS. Great investments for full-scale projects will only be defendable if rules and regulations are in place, and if increased utilization of captured CO2 is realized to bring down the costs, realizing the promising industrial potential for the first movers. The challenges to be met are standardized technological requirements and recommendations as well as criteria for handling transport, storage and environmental issues. Continued government investment and commitment is a prerequisite. These were some of the conclusions drawn in the CCSU-Summit.

United States, Norway, Canada and China are all involved in CCS projects, based on various technologies, primarily related to the use of ammonia and amine based absorbers. They all are on smaller demonstration scale, and several are now put on wait. China is the rising star in CCUS deployment, strengthening its investments and international cooperation; bilaterally but also through cooperation with partners such as EU and the Asian Development Bank. China was among the partners introducing the U in CCS, emphasizing that utilization of captured CO2 as driver for Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) might be an important way to reduce costs. 768 GW Coal Fired Capacity with CCS is now operating in China, and China is the 3rd (after US and EU) most active regions by the numbers of identified Large Scale Integrated Projects (LSIP) with 10 in total.

A full-scale capture facility for CO2 is planned at Mongstad. A decision for investing on a full-scale facility will be based on technical validation and testing at TCM. TCM is in operation from this May, at present based on cooperation with international industrial vendors, now two Aker Clean Carbon and Alstom, to be increased to five by 2013. Transport and Storage facilities will in the future be established for TCM in cooperation with the Norwegian petroleum sector.

TCM will at the start test available technology, and is in the future anticipated to engage in developing new technology through research both in vendors as well as in research institutes, and may play an important role in technical qualification globally.

Asia Coalition for Climate and Energy (ACCE, a member based industrial association) arranged the 3rd Global Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage Summit on August 22-23, 2012. A Sino-Norwegian workshop focusing on Technology Centre Mongstad (TCM) was arranged on August 24th in conjunction with the Summit. ACCE (;  Web: had made thorough planning and arranged an important, well registered and inspiring Summit. The Embassy and Innovation Norway cooperated with ACCE to make sure that the Norwegian competencies were well represented at the Summit and the workshop. Team Norway was represented by TCM, Gassnova, The Research Council of Norway and two Centers for Environment friendly Energy Research (FME);  International CCS Research Centre (BIGCCS), SINTEF and Subsurface CO2 storage- Critical Elements and Superior Strategy (SUCCESS).

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