Carbon Capture Journal review of 2012

Apr 13 2013


Another mixed year as nine new projects are announced, including five in China, while eight are cancelled, put on hold or restructured. The U.S. and Canada lead the way on moving projects to the operational phase. Funding efforts in Europe and the UK were set back by low carbon prices and the failure to find qualifying projects to support.

January

Emirates Steel Industries’ project - Abu Dhabi National Oil Company and Masdar signed an agreement for the CCS project in the Gulf region.

Global CCS Institute grants over AU$2million to CCS research - funding was announced for leading Australian carbon capture and storage demonstration projects.

 

February

CarbonNet awarded AU$100 million - the Australian and Victorian Governments will provide the funds for the project to store CO2 emissions in the Latrobe valley.

Summit's IGCC project moves ahead - Summit Power Group's Texas Clean Energy Project signs engineering, procurement and construction contracts.

 

March

Mitsubishi to build Qatar CO2 recovery plant - a large-scale CO2 recovery plant will be built for Qatar Fuel Additives.

UK launches £20 million CCS competition - the competition offers up to £20 million to fund the development of innovations in CCS technology.

Japan tests CO2 offshore storage - CO2 captured from power plants and factories could be stored in the seabed off Hokkaido.

SaskPower & Hitachi to build CCS test facility - the companies partner to construct a $60 million carbon capture test facility at SaskPower's Shand Power Station in southeastern Saskatchewan.

 

April

TransAlta abandons Project Pioneer - the company said markets for CO2 sales and the price of emission reductions were not sufficient to allow the project to go ahead

IEA releases CCS Progress Report - the IEA and Global CCS Institute report concludes that, despite developments in some areas, significant further work is required.

CCS Research Centre launched in the UK - the government announced a £13 million investment to establish a UK CCS Research Centre at the University of Edinburgh.

 

May

Technology Centre Mongstad opens in Norway - the centre for testing and development of carbon capture technologies was opened.

North American Carbon Storage Atlas published - the United States, Canada and Mexico have collaborated on the first-ever atlas which maps the potential carbon dioxide storage capacity in North America. Canada's Husky Energy launches CCS and EOR project - the CO2 capture and liquefaction project allows the company to recover more oil from existing fields while reducing emissions at its ethanol plant.

UNO MK3 capture plant at University of Melbourne - carbon capture mini-plant will be part of significant industrial trials of a new CO2 capture technology.

Coolimba Power Project in Australia cancelled - the company cited a reprioritisation of investments with no further money for the project.

 

June

North Sea CO2-EOR centre launched in Scotland - the Centre for North Sea Enhanced Oil Recovery with CO2 will develop understanding of enhanced oil recovery technology.

 

July

Can CCS cause seismic events? - scientists from the U.S. Clean Air Task Force and the Petroleum Technology Research Council rebutted the claims that CO2 storage can cause seismic activity.

Closing in on a solution for amine emissions - Statoil says it has made good progress in solving the challenges associated with amine emissions from carbon capture at Mongstad.

Shell and SSE receive first UK offshore carbon storage licence - carbon from the 385MW gas-fired power plant in Peterhead can be pumped to Shell's depleted Goldeneye gas field offshore Scotland.

 

August

DOE begins integrated CCUS project at Plant Barry - CO2 injection began at the world's first fully integrated coal power and geologic storage project at Alabama Power's Plant Barry.

Air Products begins construction of Texas plant - the hydrogen plant is expected to

become operational by the end of 2012.

First CO2 storage in China - the first CCS project in China sequestered 40,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide in a Shenhua Group project.

 

September

Shell proceeds with Quest oil sands project - the project at the Athabasca oil sand proceeds with support from the Governments of Canada and Alberta.

Imperial College London CO2 storage labs opened - exploring ways of storing CO2 deep underground in carbonate rock will be the focus of research carried out by scientists in four laboratories with £6 million funding.

DNV KEMA certification framework for CCS projects - a new certification framework to help Carbon Capture and Storage projects pass regulatory hurdles was released.

 

October

US policy shift to Carbon Capture, 'Utilization' and Storage - the Atlantic Council's Energy and Environment Program released an issue brief looking at driving CCS by enhanced oil recovery.

Petronas and Lanzatech to recycle CO2 into chemicals - waste CO2 from Petronas operations will be captured by LanzaTech's process to create acetic acid.

CIUDEN completes oxyfuel CFB carbon capture test - for the first time in the world CO2 was captured using oxycombustion in circulating fluidized bed (CFB) technology.

Australian national research centre in Perth - the National Geosequestration Laboratory was opened in Perth.

 

November

CCEMC funds 13 new clean technology projects - the Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation in Canada funds 13 new clean technology projects led by small and medium sized businesses.

UK CCS competition shortlist - four bidders were short listed for the next phase of the UK's re-launched £1bn Carbon Capture and Storage competition.

Europe's leading carbon capture project to close - the UK’s Don Valley project failed to win government support despite leading the competition for EU finding.

US-Canada standard for CO2 geological storage - CSA Group and the International Performance Assessment Centre for Geologic Storage of Carbon Dioxide announce the world's first bi-national standard for the geologic storage of carbon dioxide.

Global CCS market to be worth $7.78BN in 2013 - a Visiongain report predicts that the global carbon capture & storage market will reach a value of $7.78bn in 2013.

Illinois project completes first year of CO2 injection - Led by the Illinois State Geological Survey, the Illinois Basin-Decatur Project used CO2 from an industrial source and inject it into a saline reservoir.

ULTimateCO2 project launched - the new €4M European project seeks to improve understanding of the most effective ways to store CO2.

Plant Barry completes 100,000 tonnes of CO2 captured - the Southern Company plant near Mobile, Alabama uses Mitsubishi CO2 capture technology

 

December

EU NER300 funding programme fails to find project to back - the EU’s funding programme was delayed after all the potential projects withdrew from the process.

Callide oxyfuel demo plant opens in Australia - the $208 million plant seeks to demonstrate carbon capture technology applies to an existing coal-fired plant.

Environmental NGOs join call for more action on CCS - at the COP18 climate change talks in Doha a group of NGOs calls on governments to act quickly to put a higher price on carbon emissions.

UK taskforce report: CCS cost-effective in 2020s - the Carbon Capture and Storage Cost Reduction Task Force interim report concludes that CCS could compete with other low-carbon forms of energy in the 2020s.

New home for CCS legal resources site - the UCL Carbon Capture Legal Programme will now be hosted by the Global CCS Institute.

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