CO2 Capture Project publishes latest results

Dec 01 2015

The CCP has published results of its third phase if activity.

The CCP (CO2 Capture Project) has published comprehensive results of work from its third phase of activity, CCP3, in a new volume entitled, "Carbon Dioxide Capture for Storage in Deep Geologic Formations – Results from the CO2 Capture Project Volume 4".

Key CCP3 projects featured in the new volume include two field-based capture demonstrations, R&D results for new, promising CO2 capture technologies, a comprehensive set of studies evaluating the deployment of CO2 capture in oil and gas applications, a series of storage monitoring technology field trials, and a range of studies and reports that have significantly increased understanding of CCS potential for the oil and gas sector.

Newly elected CCP Chair Jonathan Forsyth, commented, “The sharing of results and insights from our CCS R&D with the technology community and wider energy-industry stakeholders is an important aspect of the work of the CCP. We are therefore delighted to have published this latest volume of our work and hope that the findings from the last five years of our program will help to inform the progress of low-carbon energy solutions.”

CCP3 delivered a portfolio of CO2 capture projects including demonstrations at representative industrial scale for key technologies of interest, supported a shortlist of new technologies to advance their development towards readiness for field-based pilot testing, scanned the landscape for emerging new technologies to understand their potential and evaluated the application of state of the art technology for specific applications.

One of the key capture projects highlighted is a Once Through Steam Generator (OTSG) oxyfiring pilot for steam-assisted heavy oil extraction – carried out in Alberta, Canada on a retrofitted 50 MMBTU/hr OTSG unit. The recently released results contained in the volume showed that the OTSG could be operated safely in oxy-firing mode and that the transitions between oxy-firing and air-firing could be carried out smoothly and safely. This result confirmed that existing commercial OTSGs could be retrofitted for CO2 capture and could provide operational flexibility by smoothly transitioning from oxy-firing to air-firing whilst maintaining constant steam output.

With regard to CO2 storage, the new volume details the considerable progress made in supporting the technical case for CO2 assurance. The programme focused on better understanding and challenging assumptions around the behaviour of CO2 stored underground, development of monitoring and verification technologies and contingencies planning to demonstrate safe and secure geological containment. Work included modelling and simulation, lab experiments and field deployments.

The work of CCP over the last 15 years has created a significant body of knowledge. CCP remains committed to its central objectives of driving down the cost of CO2 capture technologies for future use by the oil, gas and power generation industries and of building better understanding of CO2 storage and monitoring technologies.

A new program, CCP4, is underway with an overall focus on supporting the development and demonstration of new CCS technologies for both CO2 capture and storage.

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