Air Products has hit a major milestone after successfully transporting its three millionth metric tonne of captured carbon dioxide (CO2) from its hydrogen (H2) production facility in Port Arthur, Texas.

The Capture Demonstration Project, which is sponsored by the US Department of Energy (DOE) and managed by the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), captures more than 90% of by-product CO2 emitted from two commercial-scale steam methane reformers (SMRs) at the facility.

The three million tonnes of captured CO2 have been and continue to be used for enhanced oil recovery (EOR) at the West Hastings Unit oilfield in southeast Texas.

It is now estimated that the West Hastings Unit could produce between 60-90 million additional barrels of oil via CO2 injection, according to the DOE’s Fossil Energy organisation.

gasworld Business Intelligence estimates that sales of CO2 in the South West region of the US generated $512m in revenue. This indicates that sales of CO2 contribute 12% of revenues in the region, in comparison to sales of other industrial gases such as oxygen and nitrogen.

Air Products is currently the fourth-largest producer and distributor of CO2 in the US. The sale of CO2, across all regions and companies, accounts for 14% of total industrial gas revenues within the US market. The highest density of the merchant CO2 production facilities are located in the Great Lakes and Plains regions of the US.

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