Air Products commissions DOE carbon-capture facility


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Air Products has commissioned its carbon capture project in Port Arthur, Texas, US, as part of the US Department of Energy (DOE) Demonstration Project that will capture approximately one million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).

The DOE is also expecting to manufacture an additional estimated 1.6-3.1 million barrels of oil annually from the CO2 injection.

The carbon capture project will recover and purify the CO2, all of which is then transported in its gaseous state by Air Products through a pipeline, owned by Denbury Green Pipeline-Texas, for injection into the West Hastings Unit, which is operated by Denbury Onshore.

Air Products Tonnage Gases vice president and general manager Jeff Byrne said the company has worked hard to build its reputation for successfully executing large scale industrial projects and bringing them onstream, on time and budget.

"The DOE is also expecting to manufacture an additional estimated 1.6-3.1 million barrels of oil annually from the CO2 injection."

"We did just that, here at Port Arthur, using a new patent-protected technology that we developed," Byrne added.

"At the same time, this novel and technology-leading Demonstration Project would not have been achievable without the support and involvement of DOE."

Air Products designed, constructed and is now operating the system to capture CO2 from its steam methane reformers (SMR) at the Valero Port Arthur Refinery.

DOE provided a significant portion of the funding (66%) for the more than $400m worth project, according to the company

Air Products received $253m in funding from DOE through the National Energy Technology Laboratory under the Industrial Carbon Capture and Storage (ICCS) programme, which is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) for this project, in June 2010.

The company later received an additional $30m through the ARRA for final engineering, design, construction and project operation through to September 2015.


Image: Air Products' carbon capture facility in Port Arthur, Texas. Photo courtesy of Air Products.

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