Tomakomai’s CCS success story continues to generate global interest
Japan’s Tomakomai CCS Facility continues to lure global visitors to its gleaming, state-of-the-art plant and this month, the beginning of Spring, was no exception.
Global CCS Institute Advocacy Lead, Antonios Papaspiropoulos, and Global CCS Institute Japan Client Engagement Lead, Yasuo Murakami, led an international media tour to the facility as the “carbon capture clock” literally clicked over to 153,000 tonnes of CO2 safely captured and stored. The facility remains on track to store more than 300,000 tonnes of CO2 by 2020.
Asia’s first full cycle CCS hydrogen facility is garnering special attention as Japan looks to unveiling a hydrogen transportation fleet at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The Tomakomai CCS Facility, staffed by 100 people, continues to attract further attention as more and more countries look to CCS’ ability to create new streams of clean energy, notably hydrogen.
Tomakomai CCS, through the able stewardship of Japan CCS Co Ltd, the umbrella organization of 35 shareholder companies, has also established itself as a pioneer in communicating the safety of CCS in an earthquake prone country.
The local population has been made aware that there is no evidence to indicate that CCS causes earthquakes and continuous monitoring of underground seismic activity ensures that the deep saline formations in which CO2 is stored, are safe and constantly scrutinized.
Tomakomai’s public consultation and outreach activities have been long and continuous and included establishment of a special Tomakomai CCS Promotion Association, chaired by the local Mayor, and joined by major industry associations including the Tomakomai Fishery Cooperative.
This Association ensures that the local population of 172,000 people have regular and transparent information about the Facility.
This information flow extends to regular site visits by interested parties from all around the world, numbering 165 visits over the past year.
The Global CCS Institute is very grateful for the consummate organization of this media tour and would like to especially thank: Japan CCS Associate General Manager, International Relations, Jiro Tanaka, Japan CCS Manager, International Relations, Chiyoko Suzuki, Japan CCS Operation Group Manager, Tomakomai CCS, Minoru Horike, Japan CCS Deputy Manager, Injection Control Group (Tomakomai CCS), Yasushi Yamaguchi.