China CCUS Forum 2018 held in Beijing
24th September 2018
The Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) Forum 2018 was co-hosted by the Global CCS Institute and China University of Petroleum (Beijing) and held on 17-18 September in Beijing.
The Forum brought governments, embassies, industry, research institutes and international organisations together to discuss the future path of CCUS with a focus on oil and gas industry in China. Senior officials from the Climate Change Department of Ministry of Ecology and Environment, Chief Engineer of China 21st Century Agenda Management Center, Saskatchewan Province of Canada, Australian Embassy and the President of China University of Petroleum (Beijing) along with other experts and researchers had in-depth discussion on the latest developments of CCUS technologies, barriers of large-scale CCS facilities deployment and how to eliminate those.
Dr Chris Consoli, Senior Consultant - Storage, from the Global CCS Institute (left), presented on the global status of CO2storage. Dr Xiangshan Ma, Country Manager-China of the Institute, hosted the session.
The Forum agreed that CCUS is an essential technology to decarbonise major industries while sustaining their development to guarantee positive economic results and energy security. A lack of policy incentives and commercial feasibility is the predominant hindrance for large-scale CCS/CCUS deployment in China, which is also a common issue worldwide. The Forum also agreed that utilisation is the major and most prominent driver for CCS. In this regard, Jilin Oilfield CCS facility has an annual storage capacity of 0.6 million tonnes of CO2, making it the world’s 18th large-scale CCS facility in operation.
Undeniably, China recognizes the importance of CCS to a near-zero emission future, and to fulfil Paris climate targets. Two other large-scale CCS facilities, the Sinopec Qilu Petrochemical CCS facility in Zibo (Shangdong Province), and the Yanchang CCS facility in Xi-an (Shaanxi Province) are at various stages of development, with capture capacity of 400,000 tonnes, and 410,000 tonnes of CO2 respectively.