DOE-supported project demonstrates viability of CCUS

A joint industry/DOE project is demonstrating the commercial viability of carbon capture, use, and storage technologies in Texas. The project is currently capturing CO2, compressing and drying it, pipelining it to a “played out” oilfield near West Hastings, TX, and injecting it into the oilfield to enhance oil recovery.

The project at Air Products and Chemicals hydrogen production facility in Port Arthur, Texas, is significant for demonstrating both the effectiveness and commercial viability of CCUS technology as an option in helping mitigate atmospheric CO2 emissions. …

In the Air Products project, CO2 that would ordinarily be released to the atmosphere is separated from the gas stream of one of the company’s steam methane reformers using a gas-separation technology called “vacuum swing adsorption.” After compression and drying, the CO2 purity is greater than 97 percent, concentrated from an initial 10–20 percent. The CO2 is then delivered through Denbury Green Pipeline – Texas, LLC’s pipeline to Denbury Onshore’s West Hastings, Texas, oilfield for EOR operations.

Click here to read the full text of the DOE news release.

25. January 2013 by Jason Hayes
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