The world’s largest carbon capture and storage demonstration project was launched in Norway yesterday.

The $1bn facility at Mongstat was opened by Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, who called it “an important project for Norway and for the world”.

The centre will capture gases from two nearby sources – a 280 MW combined heat and power plant and a refinery used by Shell and other oil firms which has carbon emissions similar to those of a coal fired plant.

Guenther Oettinger

European Union Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger hailed the opening of the plant as “an important milestone in Europe’s undertaking to develop CCS technologies”.

“It will provide a new momentum to the discussion of CCS use in Europe,” he added.

Norway is the world’s eighth-biggest exporter of oil and Western Europe’s biggest exporter of natural gas.

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