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ZERO denounces cancellation of full-scale CCS at Mongstad

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The Norwegian Auditor General released a report last week where he criticized the Norwegian Government for lack of cost control, legal framework and poor project management. The Government decided to cancel the full-scale CCS project three days later.

ZERO’s CEO Marius Holm denounces the closure of Mongstad.

- This "moon landing" is far from impossible, but the parties involved so far have not done a very good job. This is the responsibility of the coalition government, which has had too little will and power to fulfill the project. It is a shame that they do not try to fix the errors, but instead they give up, says Holm.

An abandonment of the Mongstad project means that the Norwegian emissions continue to be high. ZERO believes the Government now must find other solutions to cut emissions from the largest point source of pollution in the country.

- Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) is a very important climate solution, and it is not carbon capture itself that did not work, but the agreement between the Government and Statoil, the lack of incentives and the organization of the project which has been so bad that the project has now been shelved. The plain truth is that bad project management stands in the way of a good climate solution, says Holm.

- This increases the pressure on the presumptive new prime minister Erna Solberg. She can no longer be content with "cleaning up" by just winding a moon landing heading for crash landing. Now she must take control of the toolbox, and hammer out a concrete strategy for Norway's role in carbon capture, based on the achievements of the test center at Mongstad TCM, says Holm.

- The new government will now have an opportunity to undertake an ambitious investment in CCS, where we have learned from past mistakes, so that we ensure that the project actually lands.

- To find a new project, Solberg should consider CCS within industrial applications, for example the cement industry, and also consider the role the North Sea can play as a storage site for CO2 from across Europe, Holm concludes.


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