Institute updates

The Global CCS Institute’s Americas region held its sixth annual DC Forum on 8 February in Washington, DC.  The theme of the Forum was “Maintaining North American Leadership in Carbon Capture.”

Early this month, the Institute lodged a submission to the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) regarding its Energy Sector Strategy.

Later this month, China’s first carbon capture utilisation and storage facility, Yanchang CCUS, will be formally launched at Xi-an (Shaanxi Province) in China.

On 10 January 2017, NRG Energy announced that the Petra Nova CCS facility is fully operational. The project is a joint venture between NRG Energy and JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration Corp., located in Thompson, Texas, near Houston.

The Finkel Review has prompted the Australian Federal Government to generate an animated public debate about the need for a more “agnostic” energy mix which is less renewables-focused and more accommodating towards “supercritical” coal solutions.

Since South Australia’s much vaunted power blackout’s, energy security has become a political flashpoint in Australia and energy issues continue to hog the headlines.

A key part of discussions at the February strategy workshop was the importance of advocacy and communications to the Institute’s vision and mission: “to accelerate the deployment of carbon capture and storage as a vital technology to tackle climate change and provide energy security.”

Welcome to the March Newsletter after a busy and poignant start to 2017. February saw the launch of the Petra Nova CCS facility near Houston, the largest post-combustion carbon capture project in the world (featured below).

On 15 February, the CO2CRC released “A Roadmap for Carbon Capture and Storage”, including three detailed working paper reports. The Roadmap contains analysis and recommendations for policy makers and industry on much needed efforts to ensure CCS deployment in Australia.