‘World’s largest post-combustion carbon capture facility’ completed

WCN Editorial Team 12 Jan 2017 NORTH AMERICA ENERGY & UTILITIES

NRG Energy and JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration Corporation (JX Nippon) have completed construction of a post-combustion carbon capture system in Texas, USA.

The facility, named Petra Nova, is the world’s largest post-combustion carbon capture system, according to NRG.

The facility was built under a fixed-price contract by a consortium of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Americas (MHIA) and The Industrial Company (TIC). Construction on the project started in 2014 and has been completed on-budget and on-schedule.

The facility first captured carbon dioxide (CO2) on 19 September 2016 and has delivered more than 100,000t of captured CO2 to the West Ranch field through an 80-mile pipeline. Final performance acceptance testing on the facility was completed on 29 December 2016 and the facility was turned over for operations.

Petra Nova can capture more than 5,000t of CO2 daily — the equivalent of taking more than 350,000 cars off the road.

The project was partly financed by the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) and Mizuho Bank, backed by Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (NEXI).

Hilcorp Energy Company, the operator of West Ranch oilfield, will use the captured CO2 to boost production at West Ranch oilfield, jointly owned by NRG, JX Nippon and Hilcorp.

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