JGC, INPEX , BASF to demonstrate HIPACT CO2 technology

30 July 2010 13:01  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS news)--Japan’s JGC and INPEX and BASF will together carry out demonstration tests of carbon dioxide (CO2) capture and recovery technology for natural gas, the companies said on Friday.

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 Nagaoka City in Nigata prefecture - is seen as an important step.

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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By: Nigel Davis
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