Norway's CCS leadership drive stumbles

Demonstration plant's test-phase emissions will not be stored; investment decision delayed

Norway's efforts to carve out a reputation as a leader in carbon capture and storage (CCS) were dented this week after the government shelved plans to store emissions from the test phase of a CCS plant being developed at Mongstad on its west coast. The firms behind the project have also delayed an investment decision on the plan.

Norway has separated and stored carbon dioxide at offshore gas platforms for over a decade but the centrepiece of a drive to push the technology more widely is a planned gas-fired power plant which it aims to operate commercially with full CCS from 2014. A five-year test phase before this will assess different CCS techniques (EED 04/12/07).

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