October 2006

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HPIn Europe: Agency demands CO2 capture at Norway refinery

Last year, I said that the next refinery constructions in Europe or the US would only get the go-ahead if they included plans to capture and store CO2. I played it just a bit safe by restricting my pr..

Wright, Tim L., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Last year, I said that the next refinery constructions in Europe or the US would only get the go-ahead if they included plans to capture and store CO2. I played it just a bit safe by restricting my prediction to new-builds, where the regulatory hurdles are highest. I needn't have. In mid-August, the first demand from a regulator to a refiner to capture and store CO2 landed on a desk across the border in Norway. To my knowledge, this is a first. The refiner is Statoil. Its 10 million metric ton/yr refinery at Mongstad, near Bergen, in which Shell also has a 21% stake, wants to improve energy efficiency. Positioned on the coast close to the gas and oil fields of a resource-rich nation, it's

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