Masdar and ADNOC to go ahead with first CCS project

Masdar_ADNOCMasdar Carbon and the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) have agreed to go head with a carbon capture (usage and storage) facility to be located adjacent to Emirates Steel complex at Mussafah.

Long-term programme

Both companies have now commenced drafting Head of Terms (HoT) to govern future detailed delivery agreements. The Emirates Steel project will be the first in an ambitious long-term CCUS programme between Masdar Carbon and Adnoc.

EOR operations

The carbon capture facility is part of the collaboration between Masdar and ADNOC to explore feasibility of joint projects to reduce the carbon footprint of the emirate and make available CO2 for potential enhanced oil recovery (EOR) operations in the future.

Requests for proposal

Bader Al Lamki, Director, Masdar Carbon, said: "We are excited with the progress achieved so far. Masdar and ADNOC have worked diligently to set the right foundation to begin work on the first CSS project."

Masdar intends to issue requests for proposal (RFP) for the carbon capture usage and storage facility that will capture nearly 800,000 tonnes per annum CO2-rich stream, prior to emission from the Emirates Steel Phase 1 and Phase 2 lines.

98 per cent purity

The CO2 feed stream from the Emirates Steel plant, containing 90 per cent CO2, will be transferred to a common compression and dehydration facility at the project site in Mussafah. The feed stream will be compressed into dense phase; delivering a CO2 stream of over 98 per cent purity, through 50km of the pipeline network, to be injected in an onshore field, operated by ADCO.

Upside potential

Mohamed Butti Al Qubaisi, E&P Director, ADNOC, said: "We are equally excited to be working on this key initiative and maintaining regional leadership in CO2 piloting for enhanced oil recovery. This carbon capture usage and storage project, can have upside potential and bring additional benefits to the emirate of Abu Dhabi in the long term, if the CO2 pilot proves to be successful as an EOR mechanism. We are keen to move ahead to better realize the mechanisms of CO2 injection and production in our fields."

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