Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM), one of the world’s largest agricultural processors, has successfully started up its Industrial Carbon Capture and Storage (ICCS) project in Illinois.
It’s the company’s second carbon capture and storage (CCS) scheme and will safely and permanently store more than one million tonnes of by-product carbon dioxide (CO2) per year from ADM’s Decatur corn processing facility.
ICCS was designed to demonstrate the commercial-scale applicability of CCS technology in a saline reservoir. The project is currently permitted to operate for five years, holding the potential to store up to 5.5 million tonnes of CO2 in total.
The Illinois site is the 12th large-scale CCS facility operating in North America and is the first to demonstrate the large-scale application of CCS on biofuels production in the world.
This is the second CCS project that ADM has helped to lead, having previously removed and stored approximately one million tonnes of carbon over three years from the smaller-scale Illinois Basin – Decatur Project.
Jeff Erikson, General Manager of the Americas region with the Global CCS Institute, dubbed the ICCS project a “landmark achievement” and underlined, “2017 is a watershed year for carbon capture in the US. The Illinois Industrial facility serves as another example that large-scale CCS deployment works, is safe, and serves as a key component of a low carbon future.”
Petra Nova, the world’s biggest project to capture CO2 emissions from power generation, started up in January this year. It can capture more than 5,000 tonnes of CO2 per day – the equivalent of taking more than 350,000 cars off the road.
Petra Nova is a 50-50 joint venture by NRG Energy, Inc. and JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration Corporation. The site in Houston, Texas, first captured CO2 on 19th September 2016 and has since delivered more than 100,000 tonnes of captured CO2 to the West Ranch field in Jackson County through an 80-mile pipeline.