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Catching Heat

Carbon Capture and Storage Projects Are Going Mainstream; but Teams Will Have to Deploy Them with Unprecedented Speed and Scale to Make a Dramatic Impact

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Next-Day Air

Four CCS projects on the horizon that promise to capture large annual amounts of carbon dioxide once commissioned:

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1 Port of Rotterdam CCUS Backbone Initiative

Various industrial facilities in the port area would transport carbon dioxide via a 30-kilometer (18.6-mile) pipeline to an empty natural gas field underneath the North Sea.

Location: Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Status: Scheduled to be completed 2023

Annual capture: 2 to 5 million metric tons

2 Lake Charles Methanol

CCS is just a part of the US$4.4 billion megaproject. Sponsor Lake Charles Methanol LLC will deliver a facility that produces methanol, hydrogen, carbon dioxide and other chemicals. The company plans to sell captured carbon dioxide to oil field exploration companies.

Location: Lake Charles, Louisiana, USA

Status: Scheduled to be completed 2024

Annual capture: 4.2 million metric tons

3 Acorn CCS and Acorn Hydrogen

Sponsor Pale Blue Dot Energy aims to capture and store carbon dioxide at the St. Fergus gas terminal on Scotland’s coast.

Location: Scotland

Status: Scheduled to be completed by 2024

Annual capture: 3 to 4 million metric tons

4 Project Tundra

The Minnkota Power Cooperative is retrofitting a coal-fired power station with a carbon dioxide capture plant.

Location: North Dakota, USA

Status: Scheduled to be completed by 2026

Annual capture: 3.1 to 3.6 million metric tons

PROMISE AND PERIL

The Gorgon carbon dioxide injection project in northwest Australia—the largest greenhouse gas abatement project completed to date—illustrates the opportunities and risks CCS teams encounter.

*Large-scale facilities are capable of capturing at least 400,000 metric tons per year of carbon dioxide emissions.

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Sources: Global Status of CCS 2019, Global CCS Institute, 2019; Sustainable Development Scenario, International Energy Agency, November 2019

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