MHI bags planning order for Norwegian facility

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. (MHI) has received an order from Gassnova SF, a Norwegian state enterprise handling carbon capture and storage (CCS) to undertake initial planning of the world’s largest class carbon dioxide capture facility. This encompasses carbon dioxide capture technology, facility performance, and construction and operation costs of the planned recovery plant.

The planning is part of Gassnova and Statoil’s Technology Qualification Program (TQP) targeting installation of approximately 3,400 tons per day (tpd) carbon dioxide recovery system from a gas fired combined heat and power plant (CHP) producing up to 280 MW electricity and 350 MW heat at Mongstad, on Norway’s west coast.

The project aims at removing, capturing, compressing and storing carbon dioxide emitted from an existing natural gas-fired CHP plant in operation at Mongstad since 2009 at an oil refinery operated by Statoil, an oil and gas utility.

The companies participating in the TQP competition will conduct a feasibility study and planning of a pilot plant test for verification, to be carried out in 2012. Based on the results, a concept selection will be made for the front end engineering and design phase.