These FOAs further the (Trump) Administration's commitment to strengthening coal while protecting the environment. Carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) is increasingly becoming widely accepted as a viable option for coal-fired energy sources or gas-fired power plants and other industrial sources to lower their CO2 emissions.
Under the first FOA award, Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) Studies for Carbon Capture Systems on Coal and Natural Gas Power Plants, DOE has selected nine projects to receive $55.4 million for cost-shared R&D. The selected projects will support FEED studies for commercial-scale carbon capture systems.
Under the second FOA award, Regional Initiative to Accelerate CCUS Deployment, DOE selected four projects to receive up to $20 million for cost-shared R&D. The projects also advance existing R&D by addressing key technical challenges; facilitating data collection, sharing, and analysis; evaluating regional infrastructure; and promoting regional technology transfer.
Under the new FOA, , DOE is announcing up to $35 million for cost-shared R&D projects that will accelerate wide-scale deployment of CCUS through assessing and verifying safe and cost-effective anthropogenic CO2 commercial-scale storage sites, and carbon capture and/or purification technologies. These types of projects have the potential to take advantage of the 45Q tax credit for each ton of CO2 sequestered or utilized. The credit was recently increased to $35/metric ton for enhanced oil recovery and $50/metric ton for geologic storage.
Projects selected under this new FOA shall perform the following key activities: complete a detailed site characterization of a commercial-scale CO2 storage site (50 million metric tons of captured CO2 within a 30 year period); apply and obtain an underground injection control class VI permit to construct an injection well; complete a CO2capture assessment; and perform all work required to obtain a National Environmental Policy Act determination for the site.
DOE's National Energy Technology Laboratory NETL) will manage the selected projects.
(Source: US DOE, Office of Fossil Energy, PR, 13 Sept., 2019)Contact: US DOE Office of Fossil Energy. www.energy.gov/fe/foa-2058-front-end-engineering-design-feed-studies-carbon-capture-systems-coal-and-natural-gas, www.energy.gov/fe; NETL, www.netl.doe.gov
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The plant, which would be located in the Permian Basin, is being billed the world's largest Direct Air Capture (DAC) and sequestration facility and is designed to capture 500 kilotonnes per year of CO2 directly from the atmosphere.
Plant construction could get underway in 2021 for operation in 2023. Plant costs and other details have not been revealed. (Source: Carbon Engineering, Kallanish Energy, May, 2019)
Contact: Oxy Low Carbon Ventures, www.oxy.com/OurBusinesses/midstreamMarketing/LowCarbonVentures; Carbon Engineering, Steve Oldham, CEO, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.carbonengineering.com
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The plant is presently slated for shutdown in 2022. The addition of CCS technology would cut carbon emissions by an estimated 90 pct and offer the plant another revenue stream with the sale of the captured CO2 for enhanced oil recovery well production.
Acme Equities has reached an agreement with the city Farmington N.M., part-owner of the plant, to keep the SJGS open beyond 2022. Other owners of the facity include Tucson Electric Power, Los Alamos County, and Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems, along with majority owner Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM), all of which have said they do not plan to receive power from the SJGS after 2022.
(Source: Acme Equities LLC, Various Media, Mar., 2019) Contact: Acme Equities LLC, www.acmeequities.com
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The report highlights how the urgency and scale of the climate crisis are being exploited to push ideas like carbon dioxide removal (CDR) and solar radiation management (SRM) -- once relegated to the fringes of the climate debate -- into the mainstream. It examines the fossil fuel industry's long history and continued role in the development and promotion of key geoengineering concepts and technologies, and it exposes the numerous ways these technologies serve to protect the industry and promote new emissions from fossil fuels. Among its findings:
The report also exposes how current industry support of geoengineering fits into a pattern of denial and opposition to action by the fossil fuel industry and a network of well-funded think tanks and front groups. With surprising consistency, geoengineering proponents argue that economic, technological, ethical, and environmental realities of geoengineering technologies should be assumed away, even as they argue that scaling up existing and proven renewable technologies is unrealistic.
Faced with the urgent realities of climate change, even committed activists and researchers are exploring the possibility that humanity can mask climate impacts with new and profoundly risky technological fixes. Both abundant evidence and history show that this approach is at best a risky distraction and at worst profoundly dangerous for people, ecosystems, and the planet.
Access the report HERE. (Source: Center for International Environmental Law, Public Release, 13 Feb., 2019) Contact: CIEL, Carroll Muffett, Pres., Amanda Kistler, Report Author, (202) 742-5832, email@example.com, CIEL HQ, (202) 785-8700, Fax: (202) 785-8701,
firstname.lastname@example.org, www.ciel.org; Heinrich Boell Foundation, Lili Fuhr, International Environmental Policies Division, www.boell.de/en
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roject Tundra could potentially capture up to 95 pct of the Milton R. Young plant's carbon emissions which could then be used for enhanced oil recovery or stored in underground rock formations.
To advance the project, MinnKota will reportedly apply for $15 million in federal DOE grant funding which will be matched by the state for a total of $30 million to study and design of the project plan.
The Lignite Energy Council, and other proponents are reportedly working to ensure state policy will create a friendly environment for Project Tundra which they claim is important to the state in terms of enhanced oil production, reducing carbon emissions, guaranteeing a reliable and cost-effective source of energy, and preserving the lignite coal industry. (Source: MinnKota Power Cooperative, Forum News Service, 12 Jan., 2019) Contact: MinnKota Power Cooperative, Stacey Dahl, External Affairs, 701-795-4000, www.minnkota.com; Lignite Energy Council, Jason Bohrer, (701) 258-7117, www.lignite.com
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CE has been developing DAC technology since 2009 and capturing CO2 from the atmosphere at a pilot plant in Squamish, B.C. since 2015. The DAC plants are location-independent and can be co-located with an oilfield operation for enhanced oil recovery (EOR). Carbon Engineering's complementary AIR TO FUELS process combines CO2 from DAC with clean hydrogen from water electrolysis to provide a second pathway for reducing transportation emissions by synthesizing ultra-low carbon intensity liquid fuels.
CE's AIR TO FUELS products are fully compatible with existing cars, trucks, ships and planes, allowing existing vehicles to reduce their carbon emissions without modification. (Source: Carbon Engineering, Green Car Congress, 9 Jan., 2019) Contact: Carbon Engineering. Steve Oldham, CEO, www.carbonengineering.com
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Under the deal, Wolf will construct, own, and operate the CO2 capture and pipeline transportation assets. Enhance will continue to be the owner and operator of the EOR project and carbon sequestration. Initially, Wolf will provide midstream services only to Enhance, with other suppliers and users of CO2 having future access to its capture, compression, and transportation services.
Initial CO2 flow rates on the Alberta Carbon Trunk Line are expected to start at 800 tpd in the fourth quarter of 2019, increasing to 4,400 tpd by the end of 2019.
Pipeline construction is slated to get underway within 60 days. Up to $305 million in construction funding will come from Wolf's investor, the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board. The project also has $223 million in funding from the Province of Alberta and $63 million in funding from the federal government.
The Alberta Carbon Trunk Line (ACTL) is the world's largest carbon capture and storage project. Pioneered in Alberta, Canada by Enhance Energy Inc., the ACTL is the first large-scale Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) and storage project to actively work towards reducing environmental impacts while enriching the local economy. (Source: Enhance Energy, PR, Markets Insider, 2 Aug., 2018)
Contact: Enhance Energy Inc., (403) 984-0202,
email@example.com,www.enhanceenergy.com; Wolf Midstream, (403) 781-8181, www.wolfmidstream.com
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In the intervening decade since the project got underway Battelle began the third phase of injection in 2013 and, in conjunction with Traverse City, Michigan-based Core Energy LLC, is monitoring, verifying and accounting for the CO2 being used for enhanced oil recovery (EOR) in the depleted oil fields of Michigan's Northern Reef Trend.
The MRCSP comprises a 10-state region that generates almost 25 pct of all electricity generated in the country -- more than half of that by burning coal. The MRCSP is one of seven Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnerships in the U.S. established by DOE's National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL). (Source: Battelle, PR, Bus.Wire, 12 Mar., 2018) Contact: Core Energy LLC, www.coreenergyholdings.com; Battelle, Neeraj Gupta, Principal Investigator for the MRCSP, T.R. Massey, (614) 424-5544, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.battelle.org
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To date, ADNOC has stored approximately 240,000 metric tons of CO2 collected from Emirates Steel Industries (ESI).
Starting in 2021, the company will increase the utilization of CO2, expecting to reach 250 million standard cubic feet per day by 2027 by capturing additional CO2 from its gas processing plants and injecting it into different onshore oil fields.
In 2016 ADNOC and Masdar together launched the first commercial-scale CCUS facility in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).
(Source: ADNOC, PR, Al-Bawaba, 17 Jan., 2018)
Contact: Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, www.adnoc.ae; Masdar Institute, Shaima Al Jarman, Marketing & Communications, +971 02 8109365, email@example.com, www.masdar.ac.ae
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The Belridge Solar project will consist of an 850MW solar thermal facility, producing 12 million barrels of steam per year, and a 26.5MW photovoltaic facility that will generate electricity. The facility is projected to save more than 376,000 metric tpy of CO2 emissions.
(Source: GlassPoint Solar, Muscat Daily 9 Dec., 2017) Contact: Aera Energy, Christina Sistrunk, CEO, (661) 665-5000, www.aeraenergy.com; GlassPoint Solar, Ben Bierman, CEO, (415) 778-2800, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.glasspoint.com:
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The former Texas governor and presidential wannabe said carbon capture and utilization had "exciting potential" and touted the Petro Nova CCUS project in Texas which will capture over 5,000 tpd of CO2 for enhanced oil recovery. During last year election campaign, Perry proposed the complete elimination of the agency he now heads. Now, Perry's boss has proposed slashing the DOE Office of Fossil Energy budget by 56 pct to $280 million for the next fiscal year.
Interestingly, Perry previously said "Climate change is all one contrived phony mess that is falling apart under its own weight. Al Gore is a prophet all right, a false prophet of a secular carbon cult, and now even moderate Democrats aren't buying it." (Source: U.S. DOE, Sec. Rick Perry Reuters, Various Others, Sept., 2017) Contact: U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry, (202) 586-5000, www.energy.gov/contributors/rick-perry; National Petroleum Council, (202) 393-6100, www.npc.org
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Product ability to reduce carbon emission by 85 pct to 90 pct makes CCS adoption preferable to other available alternates while favorable government initiatives to encourage adoption of sustainable technology along with measures to reduce toxic pollutant concentrations will stimulate CCS.
In the U.S. the 2008 U.S Energy Improvement and Extension Act introduced section 45Q to provide credit of $20 per tonne for storing CO2 in deep water saline formations and $10 per tonne for storing CO2 through enhanced oil recovery. In 2016, the Obama administration funded $90 billion through American Recovery and Reinvestment Act towards strategic clean energy investment and tax credit to promote development of low carbon technologies.
The report is available from Global Market Insights. www.gminsights.com.
(Source: Global Market Insights, World Coal, 29 Aug., 2017)Contact: Global Market Insights, (216) 525-0600, www.gminsights.com
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The bill would remove the Section 45Q tax credit, a cap on the amount of captured carbon that can qualify for the tax credit, and increase the federal reimbursement for carbon capture storage and re-utilization.
The government currently offers a $20 per ton metric tax credit for carbon stored underground, and a $10 credit per metric ton for carbon captured and used for enhanced oil recovery. The legislation would increase the credits to $50 and $35 per ton, respectively.
Morning Consult, Other Media, 12 July, 2017)Contact: North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, www.heitkamp.senate.gov
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The Australian not-for-profit Global CCS Institute assisted in getting the project off the ground as part of China's 2015 deal with the U.S. to combat climate change.
(Source: International Energy Agency, Digital Journal, 18 June, 2017)
Contact: Global CCS Institute, www.globalccsinstitute.com
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Factors attracting investment are popularity of clean power technologies and implementation of discharge compliance norms. Regulations from the U.S. transportation department & the EPA for medium and heavy-duty vehicles can improve the demand for carbon capture technology. Since this market is in the nascent stage, there is no clarity on the price of stocked up carbon. This may hamper demand in the forthcoming years.
The global Carbon Capture & Sequestration Market is divided into applications, technologies, and regions and segmented into industrial, agriculture, and Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR)which witnessed the highest demand and contributed to more than 50 pct of the overall revenues in 2015.
Significant technological improvements in non-power sectors can positively influence overall demand. Such positive initiatives regarding the application of latest technologies could benefit the global market in the long run. Moreover, greater awareness among policy makers about the importance of limiting carbon discharge can attract substantial investments. The various technologies are pre-combustion, post-combustion, oxy-firing, and industrial. Demand for pre-combustion technology in the United States may witness robust growth. Major global CCS players are Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd.; The Linde Group; Sulzer Ltd.; AkerSolutions ASA; and Statoil ASA, according to the report.
Browse report details HERE.
(Source: Hexa Research, PR, 27 Feb., 2017) Contact: Hexa Research, Ryan Shaw,
(800) 489-3075, email@example.com, www.hexaresearch.com
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The DOE anticipates that the Lake Charles project will be able to defray the high costs carbon capture by selling carbon for use in enhanced oil recovery operations.
The Lake Charles project is headed Lake Charles Holdings, according to the DOE.
(Source: US DOE, FuelFix, 21 Dec., 2016) Contact: Lake Charles Holdings LLC, (713) 963-3650, 2 Boulevard Place, Suite 600, Houston, Texas, 77056
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