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Carbon Capture Journal’s Summary of 2011 Activity

For more information please visit: Carbon Capture Journal review of 2011

Feature Articles, Dec  30  2011 (Carbon Capture Journal)

– The year followed a similar pattern to 2010, with positive announcements of funding agreed or construction beginning at some major projects tempered by news of project cancellations elsewhere, and ended on a tentative high point with CCS formerly included in the UN Clean Development Mechanism.

January

Australian Government reduces and delays CCS funding – the Australian PM announced spending cuts and deferrals of AUS$250 million to its Flagship CCS program and the Global CCS Institute to help pay for Queensland flood relief.

February

Twenty two carbon capture projects bid for EU NER300 funds – these include 6 pre- 6 post- and 4 oxyfuel combustion projects, including 9 from the UK.

Maersk Oil – plan to make CCS pay for itself – Maersk Oil believes that it can significantly reduce the costs of carbon capture and storage by burning gas directly from an oilfield in oxygen, generating electricity, using the resulting CO2 immediately for enhanced oil recovery, and possibly selling the resulting water if it is in a region of water shortage.

March

Plant Radcliffe construction begins – construction began at Southern Company’s IGCC project in the U.S., which is set to be the world’s first large-scale CCS project in the power sector.

Enel opens CCS pilot in Brindisi – Enel inaugurated the first pilot plant in Italy for capturing and storing carbon dioxide at its Federico II power plant in Brindisi.

Denbury signs contracts to purchase CO2 from US projects – oil and natural gas firm Denbury Resources entered into two contracts to purchase carbon dioxide from future anthropogenic sources in the Gulf Coast and Rocky Mountain regions of the US.

UK carbon price floor – the U.K. government set a price floor for tradable carbon emissions credits in a move designed to increase spending in low-carbon electricity by providing certainty for the companies investing the billions required in new power projects.

IEA paper on CO2 capture performance – the IEA released a working paper on “Cost and Performance of Carbon Dioxide Capture from Power Generation”.

April

Saskatchewan approves Boundary Dam project – the government of Saskatchewan approved construction of the Boundary Dam Integrated Carbon Capture and Storage Demonstration Project, which is among the first commercial-scale carbon capture and storage facilities in the world.

Alcoa launches carbon capture and reuse pilot – Alcoa announced a new pilot program, in collaboration with CO2 Solution and Codexis, focused on carbon capture technology designed to create a commercially viable product.

Clean Energy Ministerial agrees steps to speed up CCS deployment – Energy Ministers from around the world agreed to proposals to help speed up the global deployment of carbon capture and storage.

IEA releases first Clean Energy Progress Report – the International Energy Agency released its first Clean Energy Progress Report, which assesses global deployment of clean energy technologies and provides recommendations to countries on future action and spending.

May

Alstom announces Mountaineer project results – Alstom Power announced the successful operation of a chilled-ammonia CCS validation project at American Electric Power’s Mountaineer Plant in New Haven, West Virginia

Air Products’ CO2 capture technology goes online at Schwarze Pumpe – Air Products’ proprietary carbon dioxide capture, purification and compression system at Vattenfall AB’s research and development facility in Schwarze Pumpe, Germany went onstream.

Vattenfall opens a new carbon dioxide capture plant – the CO2 capture pilot power plant Willem-Alexander in Buggenum, the Netherlands, was officially opened.

CIUDEN lights first fire in coal boiler and launches PISCO2 pilot project for CO2 biomonitoring tools – the Fundación Ciudad de la Energía (CIUDEN) started up its coal boiler at the Technology Development Centre in Spain, and launched a new project to develop biomonitoring strategies of potential CO2 leakages through testing biogeochemical effects of CO2 injection in soils.

June

Alstom Power study says ‘CCS is cost effective’ – unveiling the results of a detailed study, based on Alstom’s 13 pilot and demonstration projects and validated by independent experts, Alstom Power President, Philippe Joubert, said at a PowerGen Europe conference in Milan last week that, “We can now be confident that carbon capture technology works and is cost effective”.

MitsubishI begins CO2 capture at plant Barry – Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. (MHI) launched operations at a 25 megawatt coal-fired carbon capture facility at Southern Company’s Plant Barry, owned and operated by Alabama Power.

Six in ten Europeans wants CCS in new coal power plants – the European Commission published a Eurobarometer report about public awareness of CCS in 12 EU member states. Public knowledge is still generally low, but a higher proportion thought that CCS is effective to combat climate change, than those who did not. Also, 60 % said that CCS should be compulsory in new coal power plant.

July

Funding agreed for Shell Quest Project – Shell signed agreements with the Governments of Alberta and Canada to secure $865 million in funding for its Quest Carbon Capture and Storage Project in Canada.

AEP cancels CCS demo plans at Mountaineer plant – American Electric Power terminated its cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy and placing its CCS plans on hold, citing the current uncertain status of U.S. climate policy and the continued weak economy as contributors to the decision.

Texas Clean Energy project to sell CO2 to Whiting Petroleum Corporation – Summit Power Group and Blue Strategies announced the signing of a sales agreement with Whiting Petroleum Corporation for CO2 that will be captured by Summit’s Texas Clean Energy Project.

August

Illinois CCS demonstration begins construction – construction activities began at Archer Daniel Midland’s ethanol plant in Decatur, Illinois, that will supply CO2 for injection into a saline reservoir in the Illinois basin.

September

Health fears over CO2 storage are unfounded, study shows – capturing CO2 from power stations and storing it deep underground carries no significant threat to human health, despite recently voiced fears that it might, an Edinburgh University study showed.

October

UK Longannet project scrapped – Iberdrola said it will use the CCS technology developed at its Longannet power station on similar projects in Mexico after the UK Government withdrew funding for the Scottish scheme.

November

Global CCS Institute – CCS ‘competitive’ in reducing power sector emissions – the Institute has released a report suggesting that CCS is a competitive power sector emissions abatement tool when compared to other low-carbon technologies.

U.S. approves $2B funding bill – the U.S. Senate approved a fiscal 2012 spending bill that allots $2 billion for carbon capture and storage projects.

DNV issues first certificate of fitness for CO2 storage – DNV has awarded the world’s first certificate of fitness for safe CO2 storage to Shell’s Quest Carbon Capture and Storage project in Canada.

Statoil selects technology suppliers for Mongstad – Gassnova and Statoil have chosen suppliers of CO2 capture technology to participate in a technology qualification program for full-scale CO2 capture at Mongstad.

SSE and Shell agree to work on Peterhead project – a new joint development agreement was signed between Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) and Shell UK for the development of a CCS project at SSE’s gas-fired power station in Peterhead, Scotland.

December

CCS included in UN-backed Clean Development Mechanism – CCS has been included in the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) carbon offsetting scheme.

Ferrybridge power station carbon capture plant opens – the UK’s largest carbon capture pilot plant has opened at SSE’s Ferrybridge Power Station in West Yorkshire.

CCS awareness higher in Saskatchewan than Europe – a survey by IPAC-CO2 suggests that public awareness and acceptance of CCS as a tool to combat climate change is higher in Saskatchewan than Europe.

Vattenfall abandons Jaenschwalde project – the project in Germany was cancelled because of local opposition over fears that leaks could be uncontrollable and that the CO2 could impair the quality of drinking water.

Otway project findings support geological CO2 storage – the CO2CRC Otway Project at Nirranda South in southwest Victoria, Australia, provided verification of the underlying science of geological carbon dioxide storage.

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