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World’s largest carbon capture and storage facility launches

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The Global CCS Institute applauds the commencement of Petra Nova, the largest carbon capture and storage (CCS) system on a power plant in the world.

The 240 megawatt facility, part of the W.A. Parish coal-fired power plant near Houston, Texas, is expected to capture 90% of the carbon dioxide from its exhaust gas, to be used for enhanced oil recovery in depleted oilfields within the region. The project is a joint venture between NRG Energy and JX Nippon, with significant support from the US Department of Energy. It is expected to capture about 1.4 million t of CO2 annually, which would otherwise be released into the atmosphere. “Petra Nova’s approach is another demonstration that carbon capture is a proven technology and can be commercially viable”, said Jeff Erikson, General Manager for the Americas region of the Global CCS Institute. “This success story will serve as a model for others to follow, enabling ongoing use of our domestic energy resources.”

Erikson added:

“It is encouraging to see this facility adding to the nearly two dozen large-scale CCS projects in operation, or under construction worldwide. Together, these projects are capturing about 40 million t of CO2/yr. We congratulate all of those who made this project a success, and applaud the bold leadership and vision demonstrated by NRG, JX Nippon and the Department of Energy.”

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