“The first tests were conducted in a lab-based small-scale facility at Herøya. The tests were a success, but 3C technology is still in the preliminary research phase,” says senior vice president Karl Johnny Hersvik, head of R&D.

“We’ll continue testing until the summer and will decide later whether we – possibly jointly with others – will carry out a major, 3C-technology pilot project.”

“We have to complete an extensive test and research programme to clarify whether 3C technology will enable us to deliver on our ambitions. A lot more work is needed before we know whether this technology can be taken further,” explains Hersvik.

3C technology is based on the capture of CO2 from exhaust gas, known as post-combustion removal, using an amino solution in a compact capturing facility.

Statoil has applied for three patents related to 3C technology. The patent applications were published in January.

If further tests prove to be a success, Statoil will approach the supplier industry to link up with partners who can develop the technology and make it available in the market.

”Our role is to be a user of 3C technology. As a user we are dependent on the technology being developed so that costs can be kept down. It’s also important to boost competition in the supplier market. Statoil does not itself harbour an ambition to become a commercial supplier of CO2 capture technology based on our 3C patent. The really important goal is to help speed up technology development in this field.”

If the continuing development is a success, Statoil expects that it will be several years before the technology can be ready for the market.

The 3C project was initiated in 2007 and was funded by means of a state subsidy from the CLIMIT-programme administered by Gassnova.

“CLIMIT’S contribution has been key to enabling us in Statoil to further develop our 3C-technology ideas,” states Hersvik.