30 July 2010 13:01 [Source: ICIS news]
JGC and BASF’s high-pressure acid gas capture technology (HIPACT) has been developed since 2004 and is claimed to show a significantly higher CO2 absorption rate than existing processes.
Transferring the technology to an existing gas processing facility - INPEX’s Koshijihara natural gas plant at ?xml:namespace>
The partners said that HIPACT reduces the overall power consumption of the facility and lowers investment costs.
CO2 is released from a solvent well above atmospheric pressure in the process meaning that much less energy is needed if the CO2 capture is to be used in chemical synthesis or sequestered underground.
State-of-the-art CO2 capture processes consume a large amount of energy and the removal facilities, required before natural gas transport, liquefaction or use in chemicals synthesis, account for a major part of investment and operating costs, the partners said.
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