Media statement: World’s largest carbon capture and storage facility on a power plant launches

Tuesday, 10 January 2017
Washington, DC

Statement from Jeff Erikson, Global CCS Institute

Tuesday, 10 January 2017: The Global CCS Institute applauds the commencement of Petra Nova, the largest carbon capture and storage (CCS) system on a power plant in the world. The 240-megawatt facility, part of the W.A. Parish coal-fired power plant near Houston, Texas, is expected to capture 90 per cent of the carbon dioxide from its exhaust gas, to be used for enhanced oil recovery in depleted oil fields within the region. The project is a joint venture between NRG Energy and JX Nippon, with significant support from the U.S. Department of Energy. It is expected to capture about 1.4 million tons of CO₂ annually, which would otherwise be released into the atmosphere.

“Petra Nova’s approach is another demonstration that carbon capture is a proven technology and can be commercially viable”, said Jeff Erikson, General Manager for the Americas region of the Global CCS Institute.  “This success story will serve as a model for others to follow, enabling ongoing use of our domestic energy resources.”

Erikson added: “It is encouraging to see this facility adding to the nearly two dozen large-scale CCS projects in operation, or under construction worldwide. Together, these projects are capturing about 40 million tons of CO₂ per year.  We congratulate all of those who made this project a success, and applaud the bold leadership and vision demonstrated by NRG, JX Nippon and the Department of Energy.”




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About the Global CCS Institute The Global CCS Institute is an international membership organisation. Our mission is to accelerate the deployment of carbon capture and storage (CCS), a vital technology to tackle climate change and provide energy security.

Working with and on behalf of our Members, we drive the adoption of CCS as quickly and cost effectively as possible by sharing expertise, building capacity and providing advice and support so that this vital technology can play its part in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Our diverse international membership consists of governments, global corporations, small companies, research bodies and nongovernment organisations, committed to CCS as an integral part of a low-carbon future. We are headquartered in Melbourne, Australia with regional offices in Washington DC, Brussels, Beijing and Tokyo. For more information, visit