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Masdar Initiative CCS projects

Brief description:


Project type: Capture Storage

Scale: Small

Status: Feed study

Year of operation 2015/2017
Industry: Other

Capture method: Post-combustion

Capture technology: Amine
Transport of CO2 by: none

Type of storage: EOR

Volume: 4.3 million tonnes/CO2


Impression of Masdar City

The Masdar Initiative was launched in 2008 to deliver Masdar City – the world’s first zero-carbon sustainable city – which aims to utilise and showcase clean technologies. The venture is led by the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) with funding of $15 billion coming from the Abu Dhabi government.

As part of the venture, Masdar Carbon is developing large-scale CCS projects in partnership with the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) and others in the Emirate’s power and industrial sectors. It aims to capture up to 5 million tonnes per year of CO2 from power plants – such as Hydrogen Energy Abu Dhabi (HPAD) – and heavy industry, which will be transported via a national 500km pipeline network for injection into Abu Dhabi’s oil and gas reservoirs as part of EOR operations. The project has received bids for a $200 million pipeline between Mussafah and Taweelah, which will form the first section of the network. A final investment decision is anticipated during 2013.

In early 2012 came news of a discovery by Masdar's pilot solar energy project that showed the potential for solar to assist in the capture of CO2 from power plant flue gases.

Emirates Steel Industry

Emirates Steel Industry intends to retrofit a CO2 capture unit at its Mussafah steel plant, with projected start-up in the fourth quarter of 2015. The plant will capture around 800,000 tonnes per year of CO2, which will be piped via a 50km pipeline for use in EOR. The FEED study was completed in 2010 and the EPC was tendered for in March 2011. In January 2012, Masdar Carbon and ADNOC concluded an agreement that cleared the way for the CCS project to go out to tender. A final investment decision is possible in 2013. Read EPC details here.

Reuters article on Emirates Steel CCS plans, January 2010

Taweelah Asia Power Company / Emirates Aluminium CCS Project

Taweelah Asia Power Company (Tapco) and Emirates Aluminium are planning to build a new gas-fired power plant - using amine post-combustion capture technology - within the Khalifa Port and Industrial Zone. The project will capture around 2 million tonnes per year of CO2 and a 450-km pipeline will transport the CO2 for use in EOR. Feasibility studies were completed in 2009 and FEED work is under way. The partners are planning a phased start-up from 2017.

More details about the aluminium plant here.

More details about the power plant here.

More information and press releases

UAE on track with CCS, 7 October 2012

Can solar energy lower cost of CCS? January 2012

Masdar Carbon and ADNOC reach deal on Mussafah steel plant CCS facility, January 2012

Masdar’s business potential showcased, 4 May 2011

Companies involved