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The Carbon Corner - Issue #37

Published 12 months ago • 4 min read

Welcome to the 37th issue of The Carbon Corner!

Today, we are discussing the significant developments that have been made in CCS technology, which demonstrate the global commitment to tackling climate change through innovative solutions.

Bacton's Possible New Role in Carbon Capture

The small coastal village of Bacton, located in Norfolk, England, may soon become a pivotal player in the global carbon capture industry. Situated on the Norfolk coast, Bacton benefits from its proximity to key infrastructure such as the Bacton Gas Terminal, which currently processes a significant amount of natural gas from the North Sea. This infrastructure could be repurposed to support carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects, leveraging existing pipelines and storage facilities. Bacton's location also offers access to the North Sea's depleted gas fields, which have the potential to store captured carbon dioxide (CO2) safely underground.

One notable project is the Acorn CCS project, led by the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) and the Acorn Carbon Capture consortium. Acorn aims to develop a large-scale CCS facility at the St. Fergus gas terminal in Scotland, with a CO2 pipeline network stretching from the east coast of Scotland to Bacton. This infrastructure would enable the transportation and storage of CO2 captured from industrial sites across the UK.

The establishment of a thriving carbon capture industry in Bacton would not only contribute to global decarbonization efforts but also bring economic benefits and job opportunities to the region. As the world tackles the challenges of climate change, Bacton stands ready to make a significant contribution to a more sustainable future.

Direct Air Capture Investment by Sumitomo Corporation

In a recent development, Sumitomo Corporation, a global trading company based in Japan, announced its investment in Global Thermostat, a pioneer in Direct Air Capture (DAC) technology. Sumitomo Corporation's decision to invest in Global Thermostat underscores the company's commitment to addressing environmental challenges and transitioning to a low-carbon future.

Global Thermostat has developed an innovative DAC technology that uses specially designed materials to extract CO2 directly from ambient air. This technology has distinct advantages over traditional carbon capture methods as it can operate on a smaller scale and in various locations. Furthermore, Global Thermostat's technology allows for the captured CO2 to be converted into useful products such as chemicals, fuels, and building materials, creating a potential revenue stream.

Nucor and ExxonMobil Forge Carbon Capture Deal to Advance Sustainability in the Steel Industry

In a significant move towards sustainable practices in the steel industry, Nucor Corporation, a leading steel manufacturer, has entered into a partnership with ExxonMobil to explore carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies. The partnership aims to leverage ExxonMobil's expertise in CCS technologies to explore viable solutions for capturing and storing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions generated during steel manufacturing.

The steel industry is a significant contributor to global CO2 emissions, so successfully implementing carbon capture solutions can lead to substantial reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. This partnership showcases the importance of collaboration between industry leaders and the critical role that technology and innovation play in achieving a more sustainable future.

Wyoming Trails Receives Grant to Establish Carbon Hub, Spearheading CCUS Initiatives

Wyoming Trails, a nonprofit organization focused on advancing carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) technologies, has announced receiving a grant from the Wyoming Energy Authority. The grant will support the development of a carbon hub in Wyoming, aiming to establish the state as a leader in CCUS initiatives. The carbon hub will facilitate the capture and storage of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from industrial sources, with the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and promoting a sustainable future.

The project aligns with Wyoming's abundant natural resources, including its coal and natural gas reserves, which can be leveraged to advance CCUS technology and support the state's economic growth while addressing climate change concerns. The carbon hub initiative demonstrates Wyoming's commitment to fostering clean energy solutions and positioning itself as a hub for carbon capture and storage technologies.

Stockholm Norvik Port: Charting a Path to Become a Major CCS Node

Stockholm Norvik Port in Sweden has set ambitious goals to become a significant hub for carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology. The port aims to leverage its strategic location and existing infrastructure to facilitate the transportation and storage of captured carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

By developing CCS capabilities, Stockholm Norvik Port seeks to support Sweden's efforts in achieving its climate targets and transitioning to a carbon-neutral economy. The port's leadership recognizes the potential for CCS technology to play a crucial role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and combating climate change. Through collaborations with industry stakeholders and investments in CCS infrastructure, Stockholm Norvik Port is actively positioning itself as a key node for CCS initiatives in the region.

CNOOC Launches China's First Offshore CCS Project, Paving the Way for Emission Reductions

China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) has commissioned the country's first offshore carbon capture and storage (CCS) project, marking a significant milestone in China's efforts to address its carbon emissions. The project aims to capture and store CO2 emissions from offshore gas production platforms in the Bohai Sea. By doing so, it fills a crucial gap in China's carbon reduction strategy by focusing on emissions from offshore oil and gas operations.

The project is expected to significantly contribute to China's emission reduction goals and help the country achieve its climate targets. The successful implementation of this offshore CCS project showcases China's commitment to adopting innovative technologies and solutions to combat climate change while sustaining its energy production.

Schaper Energy Consulting is a professional engineering firm offering carbon strategy services to CCS site developers. Check out some examples of our projects here: https://schaperintl.com/carbon-strategies/

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