A recent SINTEF report claims that it is cheaper to capture carbon dioxide directly from major industrial plants than from gas-fired power stations. SINTEF scientists studied how much it would cost to capture CO2 at nine large industrial companies by means of a chemical process that involves amines. At four of the companies, it turned out that it would be cheaper to capture the gas there than at a gas-fired power station.
One of the main reasons that capture directly from a factory may be cheaper is that the factory´s CO2 emissions can be very high. The State Pollution Control Authority (SFT) regards it as a positive factor that capturing CO2 at major sources of emissions other than power stations is not necessarily expensive. SFT will examine these findings in more detail and recommend more research on this topic.