The shipping arm of Yokohama-based Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), Mitsubishi Shipbuilding, will go ahead with construction of a demonstration ship designed to transport liquid carbon dioxide (LCO2).

Expected to be the world’s first LCO2 carrier intended specifically for carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS), the vessel will be chartered by the Engineering Advancement Association of Japan (ENAA) to be used for the intended project purposes. 

R&D of the relevant LCO2 technology will be accelerated through an ENAA initiative – along with three project partners, whereas the ship’s full design, including its cargo containment system, will be handled by Mitsubishi Shipbuilding.

Demand for safe and efficient transport of captured CO2 is set to accelerate as more companies focus on making carbon capture a key part of helping to meet carbon reduction goals. 

The need for LCO2 transport is heightened due to the remote locations selected for carbon storage, which are usually far removed from the emission site(s). 

Set for project completion and delivery for the second half of the fiscal year 2023, the ship will be developed in conjunction with initiatives of the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organisation (NEDO).