Air Products and Chemicals Inc., and Praxair have both received funding from the Department of Energy’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, for projects that will capture carbon dioxide from industrial sources for storage or beneficial use.

US Energy Secretary, Steven Chu, has announced the first round of funding from the $1.4bn provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, for carbon capture projects.

Air Products will get $961,499 to design, construct and demonstrate a state-of-the-art system to concentrate CO2 from two steam methane reformer waste streams, at Port Arthur, Texas.

More than 1m tons of CO2 will be delivered per year via pipeline for sequestration into the Oyster Bayou oilfield for enhanced oil recovery by Denbury Onshore LLC.

Praxair will partner with BP Products North America, Denbury Resources, and Gulf Coast Carbon Center, to demonstrate capture and sequestration of CO2 emissions from an existing hydrogen-production facility in an oil refinery, into underground formations for CO2 enhanced oil recovery.

This demonstration will be performed at the BP refinery, and a lateral pipeline will be built to connect to Denbury’s Green Pipeline to transport 1m tons of CO2 per year. The DOE share for this project will be $1,719,464.

Secretary Chu said, $quot;This is a major step forward in the fight to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from industrial plants. These new technologies will not only help fight climate change, they will create jobs now and help position the United States to lead the world in carbon dioxide capture technologies, which will only increase in demand in the years ahead.”