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No plans for Mongstad gas purification. Petroleum and Energy Minister blames technology and cost. Labour Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg’s plans to take one small step for man have missed their orbit trajectory. The government’s prestigious so-called “månelanding” (moon landing) – the gas purification project at the Mongstad gas power plant – looks as though it will be disappearing into a black hole. The government and Statoil signed an agreement to make an investment decision in 2012 at the latest just four years ago.

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No plans for Mongstad gas purification

Published on Monday, 29th March, 2010 at 13:49 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 29th March 2010 at 15:15.

Petroleum and Energy Minister blames technology and cost.

Mongstad
Mongstad
Photo: Øyvind Hagen/Statoil


(Over)shoot the moon

Labour Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg’s plans to take one small step for man have missed their orbit trajectory. The government’s prestigious so-called “månelanding” (moon landing) – the gas purification project at the Mongstad gas power plant – looks as though it will be disappearing into a black hole.

The government and Statoil signed an agreement to make an investment decision in 2012 at the latest just four years ago.

Today's exactly one week to the day since Terje Riis-Johansen, the Centre Party’s (Sp) Petroleum and Energy Minister, was given a report indicating a cool 10.4 billion minimum would be needed to develop and build a gas purification plant at Kårstø in Rogaland.

Time-warp

However, the development, implementation, transport, and CO2 storage costs for Mongstad could make the moon landing's figures even higher. Riis-Johansen now says he’d like more time.

“This is more demanding than we initially assumed,” he tells VG.

The paper claims both Statoil and the government have given up the idea of a fully-functioning purification plant by 2014, and are brokering a new deal.

Safety

The minister also says he believes rushing the project could be dangerous from an investment point of view.

Bjørn-Erik Haugan, Managing Director of Gassnova – the state company responsible for planning and building the purification plant – agrees.

He tells NRK postponing the project would be more sensible, as the test facility isn’t online yet.

“Actual operating experience will come after start-up. This will increase investment safety in a full-scale plant,” he says.

Abort?

A delayed investment decision will push the project into another parliamentary period. The environmentalists have mixed feelings.

Friends of the Earth Norway’s (Naturvernforbundet) Lars Haltbrekken, tells VG he fears the project could be scrapped entirely.

Frederic Hauge, head of the Bellona, says he’s impatient, and asks the government to crack the whip.

“Terje Riis-Johansen seems like a bit of a wet fish as a petroleum and energy minister” Hauge tells NRK.




Published on Monday, 29th March, 2010 at 13:49 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 29th March 2010 at 15:15.

This post has the following tags: terje, riis-johansen, mongstad, gas, purificationplant, kaarstoe, statoil, fredric, hauge, bellona, jens, stoltenberg, government, lars, haltbrekken, friends, earth, norway, naturvernforbundet.





  
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