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 site utilises the Tier One corporation’s vacuum swing adsorption (VSA) machinery.
The three million tonnes of captured CO2 has been and continues 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.
The Air Products project, which was originally instigated in October 2013, is supported through DOE’s Industrial Carbon Capture and Storage (ICCS) programme, which is actively advancing the deployment of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies for industrial sources at both commercial and utility scales.