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The Carbon Corner - Issue #53

Published 9 months ago • 5 min read

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Worley to Spearhead Carbon Capture Project in Qatar for QatarEnergy LNG's Emission Reduction

Worley, an Australian engineering firm, has announced its involvement in a significant project in Qatar aimed at reducing carbon emissions. The company's teams in Qatar and Australia will develop the Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) study and the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) scope of work for a carbon capture and sequestration facility. Although the contract's exact cost hasn't been disclosed, the project is set to be completed by next year.

Once finished, this facility will have the capacity to capture an impressive 4.3 million tonnes of CO2 annually. Its primary purpose is to decrease the environmental impact of QatarEnergy LNG by reducing emissions from its LNG trains. The captured CO2 will be compressed and then injected into new injection wells. Additionally, new compression trains and pipelines will be installed after the FEED phase.

Worley's project team will leverage its Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage (CCUS) centers of excellence to validate the pre-FEED concept by modeling the CO2 capture process. The ultimate goal is to build confidence in expanding this sequestration technology to encompass all the remaining LNG trains at Qatargas South and North.

QatarEnergy LNG, formerly known as Qatargas, is at the forefront of a massive LNG expansion project in Qatar. This expansion's first phase will raise Qatar's LNG production capacity from 77 to 110 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa), with a second phase planned to increase it further to a total of 126 Mtpa. The name change in October 2021 reflects QatarEnergy's commitment to playing an active role in the global energy transition.

Pennsylvania Receives $1 Million to Advance Carbon Capture Efforts and Environmental Preservation

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary, Cindy Adams Dunn, has announced the allocation of $1 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM) to facilitate locally tailored technical assistance and improved stakeholder engagement concerning carbon management technologies. Governor Josh Shapiro and his Administration advocate for balancing economic growth and environmental protection, with Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage (CCUS) being a key tool in this endeavor to offset carbon use and combat climate change effects.

DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn emphasized the significance of this funding for advancing carbon capture initiatives in Pennsylvania and the Appalachian region, vital for preserving natural resources for future generations. The Pennsylvania Geological Survey (PAGS), in partnership with the West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey (WVGES) and Battelle Memorial Institute, aims to expedite the deployment of carbon management by reducing entry barriers to carbon storage projects. The project focuses on developing a conceptual geologic model in the Central Appalachian basin, aiding future carbon capture endeavors.

Expected outcomes include building on collaborative relationships and regional knowledge, addressing data gaps in the Appalachian region, and creating a public-facing Web-Based Tool with comprehensive datasets for UIC injection permitting efforts. Additionally, the project will support interns from underserved communities, facilitate public outreach, and engage stakeholders on carbon capture resources. DCNR is dedicated to responsible carbon capture resource development in Pennsylvania and is seeking funding for a $6 million core storage facility to support carbon capture and sequestration efforts. The DCNR Bureau of Geological Survey plays a crucial role in researching geologic resources, mapping surface and underground geology, and disseminating findings through publications and outreach. The agency has been actively involved in carbon capture utilization and storage for nearly two decades, including assessing underground resources and participating in multi-state coalitions for geologic storage options.

Shipping Industry Addresses Growing Demand for CO2 Carriers in Environmental Push

MOL (Mitsui O.S.K. Lines), PETRONAS CCS Ventures, and MISC (Malaysia International Shipping Corporation) have signed a significant agreement aimed at addressing the growing demand for CO2 carriers in the shipping industry. The agreement was signed by key executives from these companies, with top-level witnesses present. CO2 carriers are crucial for safely transporting large quantities of liquefied CO2 over long distances, supporting the implementation of CCS (Carbon Capture and Storage) technology and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. This agreement underscores the importance of such vessels in enabling environmental initiatives.

Notably, the shipping industry has been witnessing an increasing need for CO2 carriers, and this collaboration aligns with efforts to meet this demand. As an example, Korean Register recently signed an MoU with industry players to jointly develop a 12K CBM liquefied CO2 (LCO2) carrier design. Furthermore, Northern Lights has awarded a shipbuilding contract to Dalian Shipbuilding Offshore (DSOC) for the construction of their third CO2 ship. This agreement reflects a broader industry trend of investing in infrastructure and technologies to support carbon capture and reduce the environmental footprint of shipping operations.

University of Nottingham Researchers Secure Funding for Innovative Carbon Capture Project

Researchers from the University of Nottingham's Faculty of Engineering are set to play a vital role in a carbon capture project called Project MONET (MOF-based Negative Emissions Technology) after it secured a substantial funding boost of £445,848 from the Department of Energy Security and Net Zero (DESNZ) as part of the Net Zero Innovation Portfolio (NZIP) CCUS Innovation 2.0 competition. The project's objective is to accelerate the development of next-generation carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) technologies in the UK, with a target of deploying them at scale by 2030.

Over the next 18 months, the team will design and install a prototype carbon capture unit at Drax's CCUS Incubation Site in Selby, North Yorkshire. This innovative unit will utilize metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) as a novel solid sorbent, which is a class of materials capable of selectively adsorbing specific gases. The installed unit aims to demonstrate the efficient separation of CO2 from industrial flue gas streams, thereby enhancing energy efficiency in the CO2 capture process.

Nottingham's researchers will carry out lifecycle assessments and technoeconomic analyses using data collected from test trials conducted by University of Nottingham spin-out Promethean Particles. This data will be compared to alternative sorbent technologies, where publicly available data exists, in order to validate the innovative nature of novel solid sorbents. This validation process will help build a compelling business case for the commercialization of these cutting-edge technologies, contributing to the advancement of carbon capture efforts.

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