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Masdar awards feasibility study for the world’s largest carbon capture & storage project

Masdar, the landmark initiative by the Abu Dhabi Government to promote advanced energy and sustainability has launched a feasibility study for Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) for enhanced oil recovery in Abu Dhabi.

27 June 2007

Masdar, the landmark initiative by the Abu Dhabi Government to promote advanced energy and sustainability has launched a feasibility study for Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) for enhanced oil recovery in Abu Dhabi.

The study, which will be completed by the end of the year, is the first step in a strategic initiative by the Government of Abu Dhabi to develop a country-wide CCS network. The multi-billion dollar CCS program is the largest of its kind in the world and the first to be undertaken at a national level. In February, Masdar issued an international request for proposals to five consulting firms.

The Canadian firm SNC-Lavalin was awarded the task based on the firm’s understanding of the project, strong technical capability, in-country experience and commitment to the project. The main objective of the study is to evaluate and rank options for onshore and offshore CO2 capture from industrial facilities in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, and the delivery of the CO2 to oil field operators for enhanced oil recovery. In addition, the study will identify the first project to be implemented as part of the network, provide a roadmap to develop the network and potentially link it with similar schemes across the region.

SNC-Lavalin will perform technical and economic analysis as well as conceptual engineering for capturing, processing, compressing and transporting CO2, based on up-to-date emission data and plant visits. Emission sources to be investigated include major existing and planned industrial facilities, power plants, petrochemical plants as well as oil and gas production facilities. The first phase of the study will involve critical data collection gathered from selected emitters in addition to a three-stage screening process based on quantitative and qualitative criteria. The first screening stage evaluates the emission sources based on CO2 emission quantity. The second stage examines the CO2 source volumes, pressures and contaminants, and the final screening will involve detailed site visits to assess the potential for retrofitting and utilities integration.

Commenting on the appointment, Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber the CEO of Masdar said, “This study is an important milestone in our Carbon Management Strategy, we are confident that through this study, SNC-Lavalin will be able to provide Masdar with a solid foundation for the future CCS network”. Mr. Jacques Lamarre the CEO of SNC-Lavalin added, “We are pleased to be the successful bidder for this important project, and with Masdar’s confidence in our proven technical ability and experience in this key area of CO2 capture, transmission and storage. We know Abu Dhabi well, and we look forward to working with Masdar to develop the Emirate’s potential as a leader in environmental responsibility.” The study benefits from the participation and support of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA) as well as other industrial partners across the country.