Feasibility of CCS Readiness in Guangdong Project

Organisation: Global CCS Institute, Guangzhou Institute of Energy Conversion, University of Cambridge, University of Edinburgh

The Feasibility of CCS Readiness in Guangdong (GDCCSR) project is a three-year study (April 2010May 2013), which is jointly funded by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and the Global CCS Institute.

The Guangdong (Canton) province of Southern China has the highest gross domestic product in China and is designated as one of the provinces for piloting China’s low carbon economic development. CCS was not included in the original draft for the region’s low carbon roadmap. This was partially due to the lack of available CCS research in the regions south of the Yangtze River, including Guangdong. The GDCCSR is the first large-scale CCS research project in southern China, and perhaps the first regional CCS readiness study in the world. This project aims to provide a comprehensive review on the need and feasibility of CCS in the region. Specifically, this includes:

  1. assessment of CO2 emissions from large point sources in Guangdong, including structure and distribution
  2. assessment of the capacity and prospectivity for onshore and offshore storage of CO2
  3. assessment of the feasibility and cost/benefit of making a conventional new-build, coal-based power plant in Guangdong capture ready
  4. development of a CCS Assessment Model to analyse the potential contribution and cost/benefit of adding CCS to Guangdong’s portfolio of low carbon solutions using different fuels and technologies and under various policy scenarios
  5. establishment of a regional CCS network and website to build capacity and raise public awareness of CCS
  6. propose a CCS Development Roadmap and policy recommendations for Guangdong province.

A strong team has been established to implement this project, including experts from three institutes within the Chinese Academy of Sciences (Di Zhou of the South China Sea Institute of Oceanology, Daiqing Zhao of the Guangzhou Institute of Energy Conversion, and Xiaochun Li of the Institute of Rock and Soil Mechanics), Qiang Liu of the Energy Research Institute of the China National Development and Reform Commission, Jia Li of the Linkschina Investment Advisory Ltd., J Gibbins of the University of Edinburgh, and D Reiner of the University of Cambridge.

The past two years of the project has yielded important results, which are expected to contribute to moving the province towards the adoption of CCS. The results will be discussed in upcoming posts.

NOTE: Prof Zhou provided additional information at the 2011 Global CCS Institute's Members' Meeting in Melbourne. Her presentation is available on this site.