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The Sleipner field, the world’s first offshore CO2 storage project, came on stream in 1996. The Sleipner platform was delivered by Aker and has been sequestering more than 1 million tons of CO2 in an aquifer ever since. Today, data from Sleipner is provided as an open source towards companies venturing into offshore storage.
In 2007, SOLVit - a EUR 37 million research program - was initiated and delivered by Aker in 2015. The program focused on developing energy efficient and environmentally friendly post-combustion carbon capture systems for large-scale industrial CO2 emissions. Work was conducted within the fields of solvent development, process optimization and operational understanding through pilot plant testing.
Several new solvents were developed in the project, offering up to 35% improvement in energy consumption relative to standard MEA along with significantly improved degradation and environmental performances. Through the various tests, the Aker Carbon Capture proprietary solvent was tested for thousands of hours resulting in a unique solvent with extremely low degradation, low energy consumption and an industry leading HSE profile.
In 2008 we invested in a mobile capture facility, the Mobile Test Unit (MTU) which can demonstrate test results for various types of flue gases. This facility has been actively used in various locations across the globe including Norway, Scotland, and USA, and is now installed at the Preem refinery in Sweden. The unit is popular among customers with flue gases that needs further verification, as well as for customers planning large scale plants and that would like to perform risk reduction activities.
Preem is the largest oil refinery in Scandinavia and has significant emissions of CO2. They are looking to see how they can capture CO2 emission from a hydrogen production unit, liquify it and then send for permanent storage in the North Sea as part of the Northern Lights project. Our Mobile Test Unit will test for 9 months and based on the test results we’ll demonstrate a large-scale capture of 400,000 tons per year including liquefaction. All such tests are offered with a feasibility study, providing the first step towards a large-scale plant realization. The Mobile Test Unit is offered as a service, meaning that the unit is transported to site and operated by experts from Aker Carbon Capture throughout the period at site.
Since 2012, we have gained extensive experience from operation of the amine plant at the Technology Centre Mongstad, Norway, which we designed and delivered.