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Statoil Mongstad Fact Sheet: Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage Project

Company/Alliance: The European CO2 Test Centre Mongstad (TCM) owned by The Norwegian Government, Statoil, Sasol and Shell

Location: Mongstad, Norway

Feedstock: Exhaust gases from a Residue Catalytic Cracker (RCC) and Natural Gas Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant

Size: 0.1 Mt/yr. Capture is at two 12MW units.

Capture Technology: Two post-combustion capture plants, one based on chilled ammonia technology and one based on amine technology. Alstom power has run tests on the chilled ammonia plant. Aker Clean Carbon has completed test at the amine plant. Shell CANSOLV are currently running tests at the amine plant.

CO2 Fate: Released to atmosphere

Timing: Started operation in May 2012

Scale Up: Full Scale capture plant at Mongstad. This project is now cancelled.


In September 2010, an estimate was that the CCS pilot plant at the Mongstad refinery and power station would cost about 6 billion kroner ($1.02 billion). In October 2010, the Norwegian Government announced that it was increasing CCS spending by 1/3, i.e., Nkr 2.7 billion ($462 million). The majority of this would go to the Mongstad Project.


Technology Centre Mongstad (TCM) is a facility for testing and improving CO2 capture. TCM is a joint venture between the Norwegian state, Statoil, Shell and Sasol. TCM is located at the Mongstad oil refinery northeast of Bergen, Norway, which provides access to two different, real-life flue gases for testing: flue gas from a gas turbine power plant and flue gas from a refinery catalytic cracker, which resembles flue gas from a coal-fired power plant. The CO2 contents are about 3.5 % and 13 %, respectively with flexibility to dilute/enrich the flue gas sources. This enables vendors the opportunity to flexibly test their capture technologies for both coal- and gas-fired power plants, as well as on other industrial applications, using the same facility.

In its first two years of operation, TCM was performing tests for Alstom and Aker. Shell Cansolv started testing its amine capture at TCM in November 2014.

This was to be a 2-phase project. Phase 1 was the test center and Phase 2 was to be a full-scale capture plant. The purpose of the Phase 1 test center was to test out several processes to determine the most economical process for Phase 2. However in September 2013, the Norwegian Oil and Energy Ministry announced that it had dropped plans for the full-scale CCS plant at the Mongstad refinery. However, the pilot plant has continued operating and the site has become a testing facility.

Project Link: Technology Center Mongstad website

Technical Papers:

Thimsen D, A Maxson, V Smith, T Cents, O Falk-Pedersen, O Gorset, E Hamborg, Results from MEA testing at the CO2 Technology Centre Mongstad. Part I: Post-Combustion CO2 capture testing methodology, Energy Procedia, Vol 63, pp 5938–5958, (2014). <Link to PDF>

Hamborg E, V Smith, T Cents, N Brigman, O Falk- Pedersen, T De Cazenovea, M Chhaganlal, J K Feste, Ø Ullestad, H Ulvatn, O Gorset, I Askestad, L K Gram, B F Fostås, M I Shah, A Maxson, D Thimsen, Results from MEA testing at the CO2 Technology Centre Mongstad. Part II: Verification of baseline results, Energy Procedia, Vol 63, pp 5994–6011, (2014). <Link to PDF>

Brigman N, M I Shah, O Falk-Pedersen, T Cents, V Smith, T De Cazenove, A K Morken, O A Hvidsten, M Chhaganlal, J K Feste, G Lombardo, O M Bade, J Knudsen, S C Subramoney, B F Fostås, G de Koeijer, E Hamborg, Results of Amine Plant Operations from 30 wt% and 40 wt% Aqueous MEA Testing at the CO2 Technology Centre Mongstad, Energy Procedia, Vol 63, pp 6012-6022, (2014). <Link to PDF>

Morken A K, B Nenseter, S Pedersen, M Chhaganlal, J K Feste, R Bøe Tyborgnes, Ø Ullestad, H Ulvatn, L Zhu, T Mikoviny, A Wisthaler, T Cents, O M Bade, J Knudsen, G de Koeijer, O Falk-Pedersen, E Hamborg, Emission Results of Amine Plant Operations from MEA Testing at the CO2 Technology Centre Mongstad, Energy Procedia, Vol 63, pp 6023-6038, (2014). <Link to PDF>

Gorset O, J Nygaard Knudsen, O Morten Bade, I Askestad, Results from Testing of Aker Solutions Advanced Amine Solvents at CO2 Technology Centre Mongstad, Energy Procedia, Vol 63, pp 6267-6280, (2014). <Link to PDF>

Other Sources and Press Releases:

ION Engineering Signs Test Agreement with Technology Centre Mongstad (TCM), World's Largest and Most Advanced CO2 Capture Test Facility (August 2016)
ION Engineering to Test Solvent at Mongstad
(July 2016)
Four new companies test CO2 capture at Mongstad
(September 2015)
Statoil wins leadership in new energy award
(July 2015)
Expansion of CCS Test Network secured (Feb 2015)
Shell Cansolv starts testing at TCM (November 2014)
Norway Drops ‘Moon Landing’ as Mongstad Carbon Capture Scrapped (September 2013)
Alstom advances CO2 capture program at Mongstad in Norway
(July 2012)
Norway opens major facility to test carbon capture (May 2012)
Jacobs contracted for CO2 capture facility for CHP plant at Mongstad Refinery site in Norway (December 2011)
Statoil announces Mongstad technology qualification gets underway (July 2011)
Aker and Kvaerner complete Mongstad amine plant (June 2011)
Decision to fund CCS at Mongstad delayed until 2016
(March 2011)
Mongstad infrastructure getting underway (January 2011)
Norway Offers ONGC a Stake of the $1-bn Mongstad Carbon Project (November 2010)
Norway increases CCS spending by 1/3 to Nkr 2.7 billion ($462 million) (October 2010)
Mongstad CCS plant to cost $1 billion (September 2010)
Government compromise may be possible if decrease size (May 2010)
Norwegian Government delays funding decision until 2014 (May 2010)
Carbon cooperation agreement at Mongstad (June 2007)
An important step towards CO2 capture at Mongstad (June 2007)
The Norwegian government and Statoil to develop a world class environmental power project at Mongstad (October 2006)