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Government eyes half-solution for Mongstad. Partial solution could put Labour (Ap) Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg’s moon landing into orbit. Hopes of carbon capture and storage at the Mongstad gas power plant haven’t yet disappeared in a puff of smoke. After a succession of delays, excuses, and admissions comes an announcement of revised emission plans. The government is considering a half-and-half solution. Statoil has shot wide of the mark regarding its own power requirements at the plant, meaning only one of the two turbines will be put into commission when Mongstad starts production this summer, reports VG.

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Government eyes half-solution for Mongstad

Published on Monday, 31st May, 2010 at 13:35 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 1st June 2010 at 13:16.

Partial solution could put Labour (Ap) Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg’s moon landing into orbit.

Mongstad energy project EVP
Mongstad energy project EVP
Photo: Marit Hommedal/Statoil


Over-estimated

Hopes of carbon capture and storage at the Mongstad gas power plant haven’t yet disappeared in a puff of smoke. After a succession of delays, excuses, and admissions comes an announcement of revised emission plans.

The government is considering a half-and-half solution. Statoil has shot wide of the mark regarding its own power requirements at the plant, meaning only one of the two turbines will be put into commission when Mongstad starts production this summer, reports VG.

SV’s (Socialist Left Party) Environment Minister Erik Solheim confirms this may lead to a reduction in the amount of purification at the CPH (combined heat and power plant).

“Planning has been based on purifying the entire CPH’s CO2 emissions. It’s possible the plant will have reduced operation. The capture facility will be tailored to its operational profile,” he says.

Hushed-up

Gassnova’s – the state company responsible for planning and building the purification plant – recommendation to build a facility to purify emissions from just one of the turbines was conceived a year ago, but has been kept under wraps by the government until recently.

The company said by reducing its ambitions, the government could achieve its moon landing (månelanding) in phases, and should make a decision about purifying emissions from both turbines later. VG alleges it has information showing the government supports Gassnova’s suggestion.

VG also claims a decision about settling for half-purification won’t be made until 2014. Marius Holm, Bellona’s deputy leader, is critical.

“The government originally assumed there’d be a full-scale purification plant in place to handle an annual CO2 emission of 1.3 million tons.  Statoil would be contravening these assumptions if it decided to run Mongstad at full capacity in the future, whilst only purifying half,” he says.

In 2006, Statoil received authorisation from the government for an annual CO2 emission level of just 1.3 million tons until the purification plant was online.



Published on Monday, 31st May, 2010 at 13:35 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 1st June 2010 at 13:16.

This post has the following tags: statoil, gassnova, mongstad, gas, carbon, capture, storage, co2, purification, power, plant, environment, minister, erik, solheim.





  
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