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Bahrain opens Mideast's first $55m CO2 recovery plant

GPIC plant will reduce harmful carbon emissions substantially - official.

The Middle East's first carbon dioxide recovery plant has been opened by Bahrain’s Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC).

The $55m facility will reduce carbon dioxide emissions responsible for climate change, said the firm’s general manager Abdulrahman Jawahery.

The unit at the company’s Sitra facility can capture 450 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide per day – one of the world's largest capacities, reported Gulf Daily News.

"In this way, the company has started to contribute towards preserving the environment by reducing global warming and preventing climate change," Shaikh Isa bin Ali Al Khalifa, GPIC chairman and adviser to the Prime Minister for oil and industrial affairs, said at the opening.

The plant opened on the 10th anniversary of His Majesty King Hamad's accession to the throne and the 38th National Day.

The extracted carbon dioxide will go towards boosting the production of ammonia and methanol by 200 tonnes daily, the paper said.

The plant was built in 27 months in co-operation with Italian Tecnimont and Japanese Mitsubishi for Heavy Industries.

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