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Major milestone as Texas CCUS pioneer starts up

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A large-scale carbon capture and utilisation project in Texas has begun operating, and is being hailed “a milestone” in the US Department of Energy’s (DoE) Industrial Carbon Capture and Storage (ICCS) Program.

According to the DoE, the pioneering demonstration at Air Products and Chemicals’ hydrogen production facility in Port Arthur is now capturing CO2 and transporting it via Denbury Onshore’s Green pipeline for use in enhanced oil recovery operations at Denbury’s West Hastings oilfield – where its storage underground will be the focus of an extensive monitoring and verification programme.

The DoE said the start of operations at Port Arthur "marks a milestone in DoE’s 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 project can also lay claim to being the first scheme backed by the ICCS Program to begin operating.  

The stated aims of the US’ ICCS program are to help mitigate climate change through CCUS as well as boost job opportunities and place the US as a world leader in carbon capture technologies. Funding came from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and, from a total of 12 projects, Air Products was eventually selected as one of three companies to receive further funding for a commercial demonstration project.  

-ZERO welcomes Air Products' Port Arthur project. Carbon capture and storage is the only way to mitigate CO2 emissions from industries like this hydrogen production facility when using fossil energy. And we need projects showing the way forward.  This also proves that state funding can speed up the building of CCS projects. Such a short-term measure, combined with in-built systems like Environmental Performance Standards (EPS) will be key for deploying CCS in developed countries, says Camilla Svendsen Skriung political adviser CCS globally.

Air Products has installed a state-of-the-art system at its Port Arthur facility, retrofitting two steam methane reformers (SMR) – used to produce hydrogen – with a vacuum swing adsorption system that separates CO2 from the gas stream. The CO2 is then compressed and dried before being transported to Denbury’s oilfield to be used in EOR. The DoE said both SMRs would be begin capturing CO2 within the next few months, and ultimately the facility aims to capture around 1 million tonnes of CO2 a year.

For more information, read the project factsheet, or follow link to ZERO's project page, above right.

 

 


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