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Full-scale CO2 capture in Port Arthur, Texas

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced in a press release this week that Air Products and Chemicals in Port Arthur, Texas, is now successfully capturing CO2 and using it for enhanced oil recovery (EOR).

Image courtesy of Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.

The project, which is supported by a $284 million investment by DOE, is successfuly capturing CO2 and is using the carbon for EOR and storing it underground. Close to 90 percent of the carbon dioxide will be captured and delivered for sequestration and EOR, which will lead to an estimated annual increase in oil production of 1.6 to 3.1 million barrels from the West Hastings oil field located about 20 miles south of Houston, Texas.

“The Energy Department is investing in cutting-edge technologies that will help us safely and more sustainably develop all of America’s rich energy resources,” said Acting Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy Christopher Smith. “This groundbreaking project demonstrates the potential to produce economic benefits and increase our energy security while greatly reducing the environmental impacts of our fossil energy use.”

The first plant has been capturing carbon dioxide since December 2012, while the second plant completed construction in February and began carbon capture operations in March.  Both units are now operating at full capacity.  Over 222,000 tons of carbon dioxide have been captured and provided for storage as of early May.

“Air Products is very proud to celebrate this Demonstration Project’s success. When you define projects that could be a model of sustainability, it doesn’t get much better than this effort in taking a vented greenhouse gas and capturing it, cleaning it up, and sequestering it in the process of increasing the output of a valuable domestic natural resource like crude oil,” said Jeff Byrne, vice president and general manager – Tonnage Gases at Air Products.

“We have worked hard to build our reputation for successfully executing large scale industrial projects and bringing them onstream, on time and budget. We did just that, here at Port Arthur, using a new patent-protected technology that we developed. At the same time, this novel and technology-leading Demonstration Project would not have been achievable without the support and involvement of DOE,” he said.

For more information on the project, take a look at this video, or follow the link to ZERO's project page, above right.


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