METI (Japan), NEDO and JCCS release report detailing results and challenges of Tomakomai Project
3rd June 2020
In November 2019, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) and Japan CCS Co., Ltd. (JCCS) achieved the goal of successfully injecting 300,000 tonnes in total of carbon dioxide (CO2) underground under the Large-scale CCS Demonstration Project in Tomakomai City, Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan.
Following this, in light of the discussion results of experts in a wide variety of fields, such as mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, geology and geophysics, METI, NEDO and JCCS compiled the results and challenges of the project into a report titled "Report of Tomakomai CCS Demonstration Project at 300 thousand tonnes cumulative injection" ("Summary Report").
Overview of Tomakomai CCS Demonstration Project
From FY2012 to FY2017, METI commissioned the "Demonstration Project for Technologies for Reducing Carbon Dioxide" to Japan CCS Co., Ltd. (JCCS), which conducted the demonstration project in Tomakomai City. For the two years from FY2018 to FY2019, the project was undertaken as part of the NEDO "CCS Research and Development-Related Project: Large-scale Demonstration Project in Tomakomai", funded by NEDO.
From FY2012 to FY2015, JCCS designed and constructed the necessary facilities and conducted research. From April 2016, setting a goal of approximately 100,000 tonnes of CO2 injection per year, the project started injection of CO2 into underground layers at depths of 1,000m and 2,400m below the seabed, and on November 22 (Fri.), 2019, the project finally reached the goal of 300,000 tonnes of cumulative CO2 injection.