Abu Dhabi is keen to become a hub for renewable energy
Masdar, the Abu Dhabi government backed renewable energy company, plans to award a contract in 2011 to build a 500 kilometer pipeline network for carbon capture, its deputy manager for commercial development said.
Keristofer Seryani said in Dubai today: “The pipeline engineering design was completed in the middle of this year. Now we’re trying to reach an agreement with ADNOC, which will be the off taker for the CO2.” State owned Abu Dhabi National Oil Co is also known as ADNOC.
Masdar expects 50 kilometers 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. The CO2 will be injected into oilfields, replacing natural gas used to boost pressure inside reservoirs for enhanced oil recovery, Seryani said.
Abu Dhabi, holder of almost all the oil reserves in the UAE, is keen to become a hub for renewable energy. Masdar is building solar plants, research institutes and its flagship Masdar City, which aims to be fully powered by renewable energy.
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, 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 CO2 a year by 2030.
Seryani said, ADNOC is currently testing a 2 year project at the onshore Rumaitha field, capturing 60 tons a day of CO2 from a purpose built plant.