Indian Oil Corp eyes the carbon capture opportunity for clean hydrogen production


Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) is looking to clean-up operations at its Gujarat oil refinery with carbon capture and utilisation technology that could capture almost 700,000 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions annually from its steam methane reforming (SMR) based hydrogen generation unit.

Dastur International and Dastur Energy have joined forces to bring what could be India’s largest carbon capture and utilisation project to life as a way of decarbonising IOCL’s operations and support the production of clean hydrogen, with support of a United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) grant.

Once captured, it is believed some of the captured CO2 will be liquified and purified to 99.9% for supply to food and beverage customers. That being said, the majority of the gas will be used at the Oil and Natural Gas Commission’s (ONGC) Gandhar oilfields for enhanced oil recovery (EOR) from its manufacturing oil wells.

The carbon capture system set to be deployed at the Indian refinery has been designed by Dastur and will provide IOCL with an integration solution across the carbon value chain, enabling industrial-scale carbon capture and disposition.

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