The Norwegian government has dropped the much-vaunted full-scale carbon capture at Mongstad oil refinery.
When the plans were presented in 2008, it was hailed as Norway’s equivalent of a “Moon landing.”
Unfortunately, the plans to capture carbon dioxide and store it underground have seen mounting costs and delays. For this reason the full-scale carbon capture at Mongstad oil refinery is discontinued.
– At both the national and international level, the development of technologies to capture and store CO2 has taken longer, been more difficult and more costly than expected, said the government.
In total USD 1.2 billion has been spent on carbon capture and storage of which USD 200 million on the full-scale carbon capture project at Mongstad.
Committed to research
The process was patented back in the 1930s, and it is reckoned to be one of the most important technologies available for tackling greenhouse gas emissions.
Despite the shut down of the full-scale carbon capture project at Mongstad, the Norwegian government remain committed to research into carbon capture.
Already USD 830 million has been spent on the test centre at Mongstad and more will be committed.
Environmental organisations such as Bellona are however critical to the closure of Mongstad full-scale carbon capture plans and express worry that Norway will not be able to develop full-scale carbon capture technologies by 2020.