A World Of Carbon Capture And Storage Projects But More Rapidly Needed - Shows Global Ccs Institute

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A World of Carbon Capture and Storage Projects but More Rapidly Needed - Shows Global CCS

Institute Report

CANBERRA, Oct. 28 /Medianet International-AsiaNet/ --

    The Global Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Institute today released a report which shows that there is

growing action being taken to achieve the G8 objective of deploying at least 20 commercial scale CCS

projects globally by 2020. Despite this progress the report also showed that due commercial, technical and

regulatory hurdles there is the urgent need to rapidly identify and advance a larger and more diverse portfolio

of projects to ensure success.

    The report titled 'Strategic Analysis of the Global Status of Carbon Capture and Storage' shows that the

majority of advanced projects are focussed on coal-fired power generation, recognising the need to implement

solutions that address the world's current and future use of coal in a carbon constrained environment. 

    The study reveals that in order to accelerate the deployment of CCS projects the world must exploit cost

advantages that exist in advancing projects in developing countries such as China and India, and industries

such as natural gas processing and fertiliser production in which CO2 capture is inherent in their design. The

study also confirms that greater efforts towards CCS need to be made within the cement, aluminium, iron and

steel industries, given their significant contribution towards CO2 emissions.

    Global CCS Institute CEO Nick Otter said "We know that many of the CCS technologies are available today

to be applied across a range of industries to help reduce emissions. This report demonstrates the need to not

only deploy more projects, more quickly, but to deploy more types of projects, and in more places, so that we

can learn how to design the best possible facilities, bring down costs and create a valid business case for


    The Global CCS Institute - an initiative to accelerate the worldwide commercial deployment of at-scale CCS


commissioned a Worley Parson led consortium to undertake what is the most comprehensive review and

analysis of the world's current CCS projects.

    The research was undertaken to advance the understanding of the status of CCS projects, the costs

involved, the status of supporting policy initiatives, the research and developments efforts being pursued, and

the gaps and barriers to deployment at scale. 

    Key findings of the report which demonstrate the depth of the action currently being taken include:

* There are 213 active or planned projects with 101 of commercial scale - demonstrating the existence of a

significant pipeline of potential projects being investigated around the world. 

* There are 62 fully integrated, commercial scale projects each of which demonstrates every stage of the CCS

process chain of CO2 capture, transport and storage. Seven of these projects are already operating and 55

are at various stages of progress making them potential candidates for contributing to the G8 objective. 

* The leading developers of fully integrated, commercial scale projects include participants in the Europe

(37%), USA (24%), Australia (11%) and Canada (10%), with distribution throughout Asia, South America and

Africa relatively low.

    The report highlights that widespread take-up of CCS is faced with the stark risk of high project failure rates

typical with the adoption of new technologies, but that this can be overcome by targeted project support, and

appropriate incentives for development.

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    Recommendations put forward by the report call for governments to partner with industry to address the

challenges facing project success. The recommendations suggest urgent action on three major fronts:

* Actively working with the 55 active or planned fully integrated projects to improve their likelihood of success. 

* Developing national strategies where absent to provide incentives to innovate or invest in CCS technology.

* Establishing a regulatory framework that assigns a value to carbon, resolves long-term storage liabilities and

underwrites critical infrastructure.

    "The challenge is great but governments have a unique capacity to take the leadership required to secure

the energy that is needed in a carbon constrained world," said Nick Otter.

    "The Global CCS Institute is taking on this challenge every day. We now have in place the most

comprehensive database of CCS projects ever created, and with our partners we will use this knowledge to

fast track key projects and provide support to allow all project proponents address the barriers facing

development," he said.

    The complete report 'Strategic Analysis of the Global Status of Carbon Capture and Storage' can be found


    For further information please contact:

    Chandran Vigneswaran

    Communications & Media

    Global CCS Institute

    P +61 (0)2 6175 5331 

    M +61 (0) 414 762 390

    E Chandran.vigneswaran@globalccsinstitute.com

    SOURCE: Global Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Institute 

    Notes to editors

    About the Global CCS Institute:

    * The Global CCS Institute is an initiative to accelerate the worldwide commercial deployment of at-scale

CCS, whereby CO2 is captured, transported and then injected deep underground for secure, long-term


    * The Global CCS Institute has unprecedented international support, with more than 20 national

governments and over 120 leading corporations, non-government bodies and research organisations signed

on as Members or Collaborating Participants.

    About the report 

    * In May 2009 the Global CCS Institute commissioned a Worley Parsons led consortium of Schlumberger,

Baker McKenzie and the Electric Power Research Institute to undertake a comprehensive survey of the global

status of CCS.

    * The Strategic Analysis consists of a number of reports, the fifth of which is a synthesis report that

summarises the four foundation reports, presents gaps and challenges assessment, risk analysis and CCS

project analysis, as well as providing mitigation strategies and recommendations to the Global CCS Institute.


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