Air Products was the only industrial gas company to be selected by the US Department of Energy and was one of three to receive lucrative Phase two funds.
Air Products has been chosen to receive $253m from the United States Department of Energy (DOE) in Phase two funding. The sum was awarded as part of the Industrial Carbon Capture and Sequestration (ICCS) Program for its ICCS project in Port Arthur, Texas.
Financial support will back the engineering, design, construction and operation of the venture, ending in September 2015. The assignment is one of three to win funding from the DOE which accounts for 66% of the approximate $384m project.
Vice president of North America Tonnage Gases for Air Products, Wilbur Mok, said, “Air Products has been an integral team member of several carbon capture demonstration projects around the world. We believe the capabilities of our technology and experience were key factors in gaining DOE funding to make this project possible.”
Air Products is contracted to design, construct and operate a state-of-the-art system to capture carbon dioxide from its two steam methane reformers (SMR). The SMRs, situated within the Valero Refinery in Port Arthur, produce hydrogen which assists the making of cleaner burning transportation fuels via the Gulf Coast hydrogen pipeline network. Recovered and purified carbon dioxide is transported for use in enhanced oil recovery – the removal units will be designed by Air Products. Approximately one million tonnes will be recovered, purified and delivered annually.
Mok commented, “With the Phase 2 selection in place, we are preparing to move forward with this important project and look forward to achieving the sustainability gains the project has to offer.”
During the phase two selection announcement, DOE stated that innovations to reduce CO₂ emissions belonged to the Obama Administrations’ overall impetus to lessen the effects of climate change. Two other companies were chosen; these included Archer Daniels Midland Company and Leucadia Energy, LLC.