Taking carbon capture and storage a step further

2014-03-04 08:12 by Anja Reitz

The CO2 supply stream from the Emirates Steel plant, contains approximately 90% CO2, and will be transported to a compression and dehydration facility at the storage site in Mussafah. The CO2 will be compressed creating CO2 with a purity of 98%, then transported through 50km of pipeline network, and finally injected into an onshore oil field, operated by Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operations.

This project was made possible thanks to the partnership between Masdar, the Abu Dhabi national clean energy conglomerate, and the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC). The joint venture was signed on 10 November 2013 and will consist of three key components:

• CO2 will be captured onsite at Emirates Steel, the UAE's largest steelmaking facility.
• The CO2 will then be compressed and transported along the 50km pipeline to oil fields operated by ADNOC.
• ADNOC will inject the CO2 into oil fields to enhance oil recovery, while storing the injected CO2 underground. 

The UAE has traditionally used hydrocarbon gases in some of the Abu Dhabi fields to enhance oil production. However, with the rise in energy demand, this Carbon Capture Usage and Storage project will allow the UAE to preserve its natural gas for domestic electricity generation.

The Emirates Steel Carbon Capture and Storage project complements other technologies to reduce carbon emissions currently being researched at a global scale:


Source: World Steel Association

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