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Aker Solutions begins pioneering CCS project in Norway

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World Coal,

In December 2015, Aker Solutions signed a contract with the city government for a carbon capture and storage (CCS) project in Norway.

The company has now commenced a five-month test programme to capture carbon dioxide emissions from the municipality-operated waste-to-energy Klemetsrud plant in Oslo, Norway.

The project is funded by Gassnova, the state enterprise that supports the development and demonstration of technologies to capture carbon dioxide (CO2).

"This is pioneering work with significant potential as the world focuses on finding ways to limit carbon emissions," commented Valborg Lundegaard, Head of Aker Solutions' engineering business. "As such, this pilot project is of international importance."

The test will be a key element in qualifying Aker Solutions' amine-based CO2 capture technology for commercial application at waste-to-energy plants globally. There are about 450 such plants in operation in Europe and about 700 globally.

The test will be conducted using the company's mobile test unit for carbon capture. The gas released from Klemetsrud contains about 10% CO2 and is treated in several steps before it enters the mobile unit. Klemetsrud, which gets a majority of its feedstock from biomass, emits about 300 000 tpy of CO2.

"We expect to capture up to 90% of the CO2," said Oscar Graff, Head of CCS at Aker Solutions. "The tests will verify important operating parameters, such as energy consumption, solvent degradation, losses and required solvent make-up."

Edited from press release by Harleigh Hobbs

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