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CO2 management: The involvement of the state is still important

​The Office of the Auditor General has not closed the previously reported audit of governmental work on CO2 management. The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy continues to work to find a financing model to ensure a process from capture to storage with commercial partners. "The involvement of the state will continue to be important", said Auditor General Per-Kristian Foss.

Published 11/14/2017 1:00 PM

​Document 3:1 (2017–2018) The Office of the Auditor General’s follow-up of administration audits which have been considered by the Storting was submitted to the Storting on 14 November 2017. The follow-up concerns nine cases. In eight of these cases, the follow-up shows that the administration has rectified the circumstances concerning which the Office of the Auditor General issued remarks. These cases have therefore been closed.

Document 3:14 (2012–2013) The Office of the Auditor General's investigation of the State's work on carbon capture and storage (CCS), which was submitted to the Storting in September 2013, is being followed-up.

The operational costs of the Technology Centre in Mongstad (TCM) have been reduced since 2013. TCM has been divided into a management company and an owner company. This may increase interest in industrial participation. EFTA has approved the extension of state support to TCM for three years.

The legal framework for the transport and storage of CO2 has been adopted, but the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy has still not established a financing model to ensure an all-encompassing process from capture to storage with commercial partners. The Ministry states that the low price of CO2 emissions, combined with the cost of CO2 management, is a barrier to the involvement of commercial partners. This highlights the importance of the continued involvement of the state.

The Office of the Auditor General will continue to monitor the case, to evaluate whether the authority's work on CO2 management will meet the targets set by the Storting.

Cases that have been closed

  • The Office of the Auditor General’s investigation into the management of aquaculture — Document 3:9 (2011-2012)
  • The Office of the Auditor General's investigation of Norwegian development aid to the health sector in Malawi — Document 3:8 (2012-2013)
  • The Office of the Auditor General’s investigation of the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration’s (NAV) administration of the facilitation guarantee — Document 3:9 (2012-2013)
  • The Office of the Auditor General’s investigation of tax authorities’ VAT control procedures — Document 3:11 (2012-2013)
  • The Office of the Auditor General’s investigation of the grant administration in the Arts Council Norway — Document 3:12 (2012-2013)
  • The Office of the Auditor General’s investigation of grants for natural diversity and outdoor recreation — Document 3:13 (2012-2013)
  • The OAG's investigation of efficiency and goal attainment in the Norwegian Directorate of Health — Document 3:3 (2013-2014)
  • The Office of the Auditor General’s investigation of renewable energy licensing — Document 3:5 (2013-2014)

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