Masdar planning 500km CCS pipeline

Cleantech company expects first 50km of pipeline to be ready by 2014.

The emerging Masdar City, Masdar's flagship project.
The emerging Masdar City, Masdar's flagship project.

Masdar plans to award a contract in 2011 to build a 500km pipeline network for carbon capture, its deputy manager for commercial development said.

“The pipeline engineering design was completed in the middle of this year,” Keristofer Seryani said in Dubai. “Now we are trying to reach an agreement with ADNOC (Abu Dhabi National Oil Co.), which will be the off-taker for the carbon dioxide.”

Masdar expects 50 km of the pipeline to be ready by 2014 for the country’s first operational large-scale carbon capture and storage project, siphoning 800,000 metric tons a year of carbon dioxide from government-owned steel plant Emirates Steel Industries PJSC.

The carbon dioxide will be injected into oilfields, replacing natural-gas used to boost pressure inside reservoirs for enhanced oil recovery, Seryani said.

Masdar had expected to award a construction contract this year for the carbon capture and storage project, director of its carbon management unit Sam Nader said in January.

The pipeline network will connect existing and future power and industrial plants to onshore oilfields, and the carbon capture program will last 25 years from 2014, Seryani said.

Mustang Engineering, a unit of UK oilfield-services provider John Wood Group Plc, is carrying out the front-end engineering and design for the pipeline, which will be large enough to carry as much as 30 million tons of carbon dioxide a year by 2030.

Adnoc is currently testing a two-year project at the onshore Rumaitha field, capturing 60 tons a day of carbon dioxide from a purpose- built plant, Seryani said.


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