US Air Products brings carbon-capture project on line

28 January 2013 23:27  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--A Port Arthur, Texas, project tabbed to capture about 1m tons (907,000 tonnes) of carbon dioxide per year has officially launched, Air Products announced on Monday.

The project, which has been labelled as phase one of a two-stage undertaking, is expected to capture carbon dioxide from one of the company’s steam methane reformers (SMR) located at the Valera Port Arthur Refinery, the US company said in a press release.

The carbon dioxide then will be purified by Air Products and transported via a pipeline owned by Denbury Green Pipeline-Texas for injections into the Denbury Onshore-operated West Hastings Unit, an enhanced oil recovery project in Texas, the company said.

The US Department of Energy (DOE) lauded the launch of the project.

"This event marks a milestone in DOE's [Industrial Carbon Capture and Storage (ICCS)] program: progressing beyond research and development to a demonstration scale that can be readily replicated and deployed into commercial practice within the industry,” the DOE said in a press release. “Goals of the ICCS programme are to mitigate climate change through carbon capture, utilisation and storage; create jobs; and position the United States as a world leader in carbon-capture technologies."

Phase two of Air Products’ carbon-capture project is will involve a second SMR at the Port Arthur site, and is set to be on line by April, the company said.

That carbon dioxide will be pumped into oil wells that are “playing out” or deteriorating in production. The DOE has estimated that Air Products' Port Arthur Project will assist in the recovery of 1.6m-3.1m additional barrels of domestic oil annually, according to a press release.

A monitoring, verification and accounting programme will keep tabs on the injected carbon dioxide, making sure it is remains trapped underground in the reservoir that confined the oil it brought to the surface, Air Products said.


By: Jeremy Pafford
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