2019 TECHNICAL GROUP ANNUAL MEETING
“CCUS [Carbon capture, use, and storage] is defined as a clean energy in Mexico’s law and is considered a key technology to move to a low-carbon economy.”
Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum Participation: Co-chair, Academic Task Force
Key Points of Contact: Jazmin Mota, Director of Clean Technologies, Ministry of Energy, Mexico; Alejandro Amerena, Director General of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Energy, Mexico
The energy sector in Mexico is highly committed with energy supply and the creation of a low-carbon economy. Renewables, energy efficiency, and carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) play important roles for the construction of an energy transition.
Since 2014, the Carbon Capture, Use, and Storage Technology Roadmap in Mexico has guided initiatives and activities for CCUS development, integrating power generation and the oil and gas industry as well as key research, academic, and government institutions.
Between 2015 and 2016, the Ministry of Energy developed three key studies in collaboration with the World Bank:
During the last 5 years, national institutions have been working on the evaluation of CO2 capacity in deep saline aquifers and mature fields, the potential of power plant retrofitting for CO2 capture, and the establishment of a national CCUS strategy, including a CCUS online platform. A permanent capacity-building and specialized training program has been developed in collaboration with international institutions; as part of it, a master’s degree program for CCUS specialization is ongoing jointly with Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico and University of California, Berkeley.
In the next 4 years, important CCUS-related activities are expected to be triggered in Mexico, such as the creation of a Mexican CCUS Center, a CO2 capture pilot project at the Poza Rica natural gas combined cycle plant, a CO2-EOR and storage project in Brillante Field, the CCUS online platform, the establishment of a mirror committee for the International Organization for Standardization Technical Committee 265, a Mexican official standard for carbon capture and storage (CCS) and CCUS, communication and outreach programs, and a CCS-ready strategy, among others.
Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum
Member since 2009
Clean Energy Ministerial
Member since 2010
Member since 2015
North American Energy Ministers Trilateral on CCUS
International Energy Agency
In process for approval since June 2017
The project will be located in the State of Veracruz, Mexico, for capturing the carbon dioxide (CO2) from one of the 243-megawatt (MW) units of the natural gas combined cycle plant at Poza Rica. The CCPP will be designed to capture 1% of the steam flow (2.4 MW) through a generic amine-based post-combustion unit. It will be available to test at least three different solvents and will be used for training, testing, and capacity building as well.
The project will be located in the state of Veracruz, close to the border with the state of Tabasco. The carbon dioxide source is the Cosoleacaque petrochemical plant, which is 70 kilometers from Brillante Field. The CESP is planned in two phases: (1) a huff and puff test injecting 2 million cubic feet (MMcf) of carbon dioxide during a week and 3 months of observation and measurement, and (2) a water alternating gas process with one injection well for a rate of 14 MMcf.
Mexico has a high potential to deploy and develop carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) technology, given the opportunity to retrofit power plants and the match with mature fields for carbon dioxide (CO2) enhanced oil recovery (EOR). It represents a major challenge that can be faced once experience is gained from the development of the pilot projects already in planning.
The creation of the Mexican CCUS Center will bring important opportunities to national and international stakeholders from academia, industry, and nongovernmental organizations to innovate on this topic, strengthen capacity building, and gain experience and knowledge. Another important mean is the creation of a CO2 market and the establishment of a regulatory framework to encourage industry and promote investments.
Mexico is committed to international efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. To tackle this challenge, ambitious specialized training programs and a master’s degree program on CCUS have been running since 2012 to let people and professionals know about the technology and prepare future leaders, researchers, and technicians. These programs have been funded and supported by the government of Mexico and international institutions such as the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum, Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, and the World Bank, and they are aimed to lawyers, engineers, politicians, students, industry, and a long list of potential partners.
Carbon Capture, Use, and Storage (CCUS) Technology Roadmap in Mexico
Combining Carbon Dioxide-Enhanced Oil Recovery with Permanent Storage in Mexico
Development of a Regulatory Framework for Carbon, Capture, Utilization and Storage in Mexico
Mexican Atlas of Geological Storage of Carbon Dioxide (CO2)
Pre‐Feasibility Study for Establishing a Carbon Capture Pilot Plant in Mexico
Secretaría de Energía (SENER)
Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (SEMARNAT)
Office of Fossil Energy
U.S. Department of Energy
1000 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, DC 20585 USA