2019 TECHNICAL GROUP ANNUAL MEETING
"There is need for investment in renewable energy solutions, with a key tool being CCUS [carbon capture, use, and storage]."
“Without CCUS, it will not be possible to make the long-term energy transition to address carbon emissions, and policy makers need to commit to create the space for CCUS investments.”
Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum (CSLF) Participation: Vice-Chair, CSLF Policy Group; Chair, CSLF Communications Taskforce
Key Point of Contact: Hamoud Al Otaibi, Policy Group and Technical Group Delegate, Ministry of Energy and Petroleum Resources, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia has developed a comprehensive greenhouse gas (GHG) management roadmap which features extensive programs on carbon capture and storage (CCS), renewable energy and energy efficiency.
This national roadmap contributes to global research and development (R&D) efforts in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through the development of key technologies that lead to sustainable reductions in carbon dioxide (CO2) levels in the atmosphere. R&D activities advancing these technologies are pursued through different local and international R&D centers and universities, with Saudi Aramco having a strong leadership role.
Key R&D components of Saudi Arabia’s ambitious CCS program center on CCS and CO2 enhanced oil recovery (CO2-EOR), with additional elements researching technology development for CO2 capture from fixed and mobile sources (including cars, ships and trains), and industrial applications for captured CO2.
Several R&D activities have already developed into demonstration projects and prototypes to advance the development of breakthrough technological solutions to reduce GHG emissions.
Two major carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) projects are underway in Saudi Arabia where large amounts of CO2 are being captured and utilized in different applications. Saudi Aramco launched its Uthmaniyah CO2-EOR Demonstration Project to test the feasibility of storing CO2 through EOR, and SABIC is testing the utilization of CO2 for enhanced methanol and urea production. The two projects will capture and utilize approximately 1,300,000 tons of carbon dioxide annually. In addition, the automobile CO2 capture program has produced two prototypes showing that up to 25% CO2 can be captured from passenger vehicles through the On-Board CO2 Capture System.
Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum
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Clean Energy Ministerial
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International Energy Agency
This is a large-scale carbon dioxide (CO2) utilization project, including approximately 25 kilometers of pipeline infrastructure, that captures and purifies CO2 from an existing ethylene glycol production facility located in Jubail, Saudi Arabia. More than 1,500 tonnes of CO2 per day will be captured and transported via pipeline, for utilization mainly as a feedstock for production of methanol, urea, oxy-alcohols, and polycarbonates. Food-grade CO2 is also a product, and the CO2 pipeline network can be further expanded as opportunities present themselves.
Recognized by the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum (CSLF) at the 5th CSLF Ministerial in November 2015.
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Photo courtesy of SABIC.
This is a large pilot project (approximately 30–60 megawatts in scale), located in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, whose goals are to investigate the performance of oxy-fuel combustion technology when firing difficult-to-burn liquid fuels such as asphalt, and to assess the operation and performance of the carbon dioxde (CO2) capture unit of the project. The project will build on knowledge from a 15 megawatt oxy-combustion small pilot that was operated in the United States by Alstom. An anticipated outcome from the project will be identifying and overcoming scale-up and bottleneck issues as a step towards future commercialization of the technology.
Photo courtesy of Saudi Aramco.
This large-scale project, located in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia, is capturing and storing approximately 800,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year from a natural gas production and processing facility and includes pipeline transportation of approximately 85 kilometers to the injection site (a small flooded area in the Uthmaniyah Field). The objectives of the project are determination of incremental oil recovery (beyond water flooding), estimation of sequestered CO2, addressing the risks and uncertainties involved (including migration of CO2 within the reservoir), and identifying operational concerns. The project has an elaborate monitoring and surveillance program to provide a clear assessment of CO2 storage underground. As a result, the project has become a ground for testing new monitoring technologies.
Recognized by the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum (CSLF) at the 2013 Technical Group Meeting in Rome.
“Carbon Capture and Utilization/Storage: promote and encourage actions in this area. As part of its sustainability programme, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia plans to build the world’s largest carbon capture and use plant. This initiative aims to capture and purify about 1,500 tons of CO2 a day for use in other petrochemical plants. Saudi Arabia will operate on pilot testing basis, a Carbon Dioxide – Enhanced Oil Recovery (CO2-EOR) demonstration project to assess the viability of CO2 sequestration in oil reservoirs and any other useful applications. Forty million standard cubic feet a day of CO2 that will be captured, processed and injected into the Othmaniya oil reservoir. This pilot project has comprehensive monitoring and surveillance plans. The success of this pilot will determine the extent this program will contribute to the Kingdom's ambition in addressing climate change….”
-Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Intended Nationally Determined Contribution, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
“Saudi Arabia is pursuing technology innovation on greenhouse gas management, energy efficiency and renewable energy. The Kingdom established a technology roadmap that encompass the following five areas: (i) carbon dioxide capture from fixed sources, (ii) carbon dioxide reduction from mobile sources such as cars, marine, trains, (iii) industrial applications for polymers, carbon fiber, construction materials, and chemicals, (iv) carbon dioxide storage in saline water aquifers, (v) and carbon capture, utilization, and storage. In addition, the Kingdom is investing in developing and implementing a renewable energy program as well as energy efficiency technologies in areas such as air-conditioning and thermal insulation.
The Kingdom is currently active at the national level through specialized science and technology cities, universities, centers, nationally owned companies as well as the private sector in promoting R&D in these focus areas. Collaboration in these focus areas are encouraged with international research centers to advance innovation in the clean energy technology domain.”
-Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Baseline Narrative, Mission Innovation
Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources
King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST)
King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC)
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)
King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM)
Office of Fossil Energy
U.S. Department of Energy
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