CO2 Technology Centre Mongstad (TCM), the world’s largest facility for testing and improving CO2 capture, has announced the appointment of a new Managing Director, Frank Ellingsen.

A joint venture set up by the Norwegian state, Statoil, Shell and Sasol, TCM is the world’s largest and most advanced facility for testing and improving CO2 capture. It aims to increase knowledge on carbon capture technologies, in order to reduce technical and financial risk, and accelerate the development of qualified technologies capable of widescale international deployment.

Up to 80% of the costs of CCS are related to CO2 capture, so TCM is encouraging the use of its facilities to refine the capture process and bring costs down. The centre comprises two CO2 capture plants, each with a capacity to capture approximately 80,000 tons of CO2 from the nearby refinery or 20,000 tons from a gas-fired power plant.

In addition, the centre has available space and infrastructure to sustain the next generation technologies to be tested.

Ellingen’s responsibilities include developing TCM DA to be an effective test facility in order to continue to attract innovative technology vendors to the benefit of the global push to develop cost-effective CCS technology.

Commenting on his appointment, Ellingsen said, “Joining TCM is very exciting especially at this stage in its development. My vision is that TCM shall be one of the tools able to prepare the ground for the full-scale industrialisation of the global CCS market, by ensuring that its core infrastructure continues to provide a crucial testing area for CO2 capture technologies.”

Prior to joining TCM, Ellingsen was employed in Grenland Group/Agility Group as senior vice-president of Grenland Group Solutions, and most recently as vice-president for Concepts and Studies. Prior to his time at Grenland Group, Ellingsen held different management positions at Norsk Hydro Oil & Gas.