Policy & Regulation

New CCS tech is not enough for breakthrough

Despite optimism from some companies regarding carbon capture and storage, the technology’s future remains uncertain, with government incentives distinctly lacking Despite optimism from some companies regarding carbon capture and storage, the technology’s future remains uncertain, with government incentives distinctly lacking.
By Annemarie Botzki 17 February 2016 0 19288
Technology Centre Mongstad in Norway is the world’s largest test centre for carbon capture. (TCM)

Shell presented what it believes to be a "breakthrough carbon capture and storage [CCS] technology" at the International Petroleum Week conference in London last week. However, CCS appears to be in limbo with little government support to promote its role in the future energy mix.

"We have started work on second-generation CCS technologies that have much lower energy consumption," Rob Little, Shell’s general manager for gas separation, told conference participants. "The new technology is able to reduce opex and capex costs."

According to Little, the company’s new...