Shell Cansolv has commenced the testing of its advanced CO2 capture process at Norway’s CO2 Technology Centre Mongstad (TCM), the world’s largest carbon capture test facility.

Testing takes place at TCM’s amine test facility, confirming Shell Cansolv’s processes and emission controls using exhaust gas from the Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Plant at Mongstad.

The test phase will reinforce the CANSOLV CO2 Capture technology, and validate its readiness for deployment at industrial-scale projects.

Carbon capture and storage could be a critical de-carbonisation technology for power and industrial applications, and essential for addressing climate change.

TCM aims to increase knowledge on these technologies, in order to reduce technical and financial risk, and accelerate the development of qualified technologies capable of wide-scale international deployment. It is the world’s largest and most advanced facility for testing and improving CO2 capture, comprising two CO2 capture plants each with a capacity to capture approximately 80,000 tonnes of CO2 from a nearby refinery, or 20,000 tonnes from a gas-fired power plant.

Commenting on the commencement of testing, Tim Bertels, Manager for Shell’s Global CCS Portfolio, said, “Shell Cansolv maintains a strong research and development programme, continuously improving both processes and absorbents so we can provide the most advanced CO2 capture solution. This test campaign at TCM will verify our cutting edge technology and assure its effectiveness for future applications.”

“TCM has already proven to be an excellent test platform for different companies and technologies, and we are excited to utilise TCM for advancing Shell Cansolv’s newest technology as well.”

Erik Harding Hansen, Managing Director of CO2 Technology Centre Mongstad, added, “TCM has been playing a vital role in the development of CCS technologies since 2012, helping companies like Aker and Alstom, to test and reduce the costs and the risk of scale-up carbon capture.”

“Shell is a key participant in a number of CCS projects around the world and we’re pleased to be playing our part in the technology’s development.”


Leveraging knowledge

Shell Cansolv is a global provider of state-of-the-art gas absorption solutions, offering leading regenerable SO2 scrubbing and CO2 capture technologies.

In September, its integrated SO2/CO2 Capture System came into operation at the world’s first commercial scale post combustion CCS deployment at a coal-fired power station, at SaskPower’s Boundary Dam plant in Canada.

Shell Cansolv continues to leverage its knowledge base to develop new and enhance existing applications for specific pollution abatement based on the CANSOLV System platform.

Cansolv Technologies Inc. was acquired by Shell Global Solutions International BV, a member of the Royal Dutch Shell group, in November 2008.