Norway boasts world's largest carbon dioxide capture lab

May 8, 2012
Greenpeace activists burn a symbol of carbon dioxide in 2008. Norway on Monday inaugurated what it called the world's largest laboratory for capturing carbon dioxide, a leading strategy for fighting global warming.

Norway on Monday inaugurated what it called the world's largest laboratory for capturing carbon dioxide, a leading strategy for fighting global warming.

Located at an on Norway's west coast, the Technology Centre Mongstad aims to test French and Norwegian methods of capturing and burying them underground to prevent them from escaping into the atmosphere.

"We need to find a way to reconcile the need for energy and the need for emission reductions," said Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg as he inaugurated the site.

"Carbon-capture technology is a key," he said, adding: "This technology may deliver up to 20 percent of the needed by 2050."

Built at an estimated cost of 5.9 billion Norwegian krone (780 million euros/$1 billion) mainly with state funds, the Mongstad centre is "the world's largest and most advanced laboratory for testing carbon-capture technologies", Stoltenberg said.

The centre is three-quarters owned by the state firm Gassnova, followed by a 20 percent stake held by Norway's Statoil, with the Anglo-Dutch Shell and South Africa's Sasol holding the remaining stakes.

It is testing technologies of the French company Alstom and those of Norway's Aker Solutions.

Stoltenberg launched the ambitious project in 2007 with the aim of making Norway a world leader in capturing and storing carbon dioxide, a goal he likened in importance to a .

But the project has been plagued with delays and cost overruns: the goal of large-scale capture and storage of the carbon dioxide emitted by Mongstad's refinery and natural gas processing plant was initially set to enter operation in 2014, but is now expected to become possible in 2020 at the earliest.

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5 / 5 (4) May 08, 2012
Interesting... tiny Norway with ca 5 million people builds "the world's largest and most advanced laboratory for testing carbon-capture technologies" while the other nations are in denial of the need. Where is USA? Britain?
5 / 5 (4) May 08, 2012
Where is USA? Britain?

They're doing all they can.
SOMEONE has to create the CO2 for the Norwegians to bury (/sarcasm)
5 / 5 (2) May 08, 2012
They have to. A great deal of the Norwegian economy is based on their North Sea oil and gas trade, so they need to figure out ways to make money in the future when the oil eventually runs out. They're already 20 years past peak production.

But Norway has another added advantange: a large mountain range travelling the entire lenght of the country, giving it massive hydropower reserves and cheap clean energy to run the CO2 capturing technology that they're developing. They're also employing ways to extract energy through osmosis pressure from mixing river water with sea water. Because of the large hydro reserves, they can also absorb massive amounts of cheap wind power from Denmark that comes as excess in their grid.

So, cheap energy enables large scale CO2 capture, which turns into national income under EU's emission trading policies when everyone else seeks a way to decrease their net emissions without access to such energy sources.

Makes sense to me.

5 / 5 (3) May 08, 2012
so they need to figure out ways to make money in the future when the oil eventually runs out.

Lucky for them they have already done that (by taking their income surplus and investing heavily in other countries).
Norway is sitting on a fund that is 140 percent of GDP (second only to Abu Dhabi). They own roughly 1 percent of all officialy traded shares worldwide.

They are also in a unique position to be able to store vast quantities of energy (by simply closing off a fjord or two) - though last time they voted on that idea it was denied.
But it just goes to show: Norway has plenty of outs after oil/gas runs out.
They're already 20 years past peak production

Not quite. Oil production peaked in 1999-2000, gas hasn't peaked yet.
1 / 5 (4) May 08, 2012
1 billion for the lab. 1 trillion for CCS storage that leaks. Money for the corrupt and dishonest. The poor will go hungry in order to heat their homes when the AGW scam reaches the end game.

not rated yet May 08, 2012
Norway is also leading the way in showing the rest of the world how to properly use antibiotics to reduce selecting for resistant disease strains

Perhaps we should begin listening to what they have to say.

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