MHI Awarded Concept Study of 3,400ton/day CO2 Recovery Facility
- One of World's Largest Recovery Plants for CHP Power Station -
Tokyo, Oct 17, 2012 - (JCN Newswire) - Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI)
has been awarded by Statoil, an international energy company with headquarters
in Norway, to undertake a concept study for a technology qualification program
(TQP) for one of the world's largest carbon dioxide (CO2) capture
facilities. The approximately 3,400 tons-per-day (tpd) CO2 recovery system is
targeted for installation at a 280 megawatt (MW) gas-fired combined heat and
power (CHP) plant at Mongstad, on Norway's west coast. MHI will vie
against other companies in a competition encompassing CO2 capture technology,
facility performance, and construction and operation costs, towards facility
construction slated to commence in 2016.
The planned CO2 capture project is aimed at removing, capturing and
compressing CO2 emitted from an existing natural-gas-fired CHP plant in
operation since 2010 at an oil refinery operated by Statoil at Mongstad. The
objective of the TQP is to evaluate the viability of various CO2 capture
technologies for possible adoption at the facility.
MHI is one of several companies that were awarded verification testing of
their technologies in June in the Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) phase. In
the concept study, each company will create a plant design reflecting its test
results. After the PCP, another round of bidding will take place in the final
technology selection process. Results from the PCP phase may be used in
prequalification for the next procurement phase.
Statoil, the largest enterprise of its kind in the Nordic region,
comprehensively operates energy-related businesses spanning from oil and gas
production and refining to sales.
MHI's CO2 recovery technology is known as the KM CDR Process(R). It uses
the company's proprietary KS-1(TM) solvent for CO2 absorption and
desorption, which MHI and Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc. developed jointly.
MHI's technology results in considerably lower energy consumption than
other processes, winning it high evaluations from the market for its
performance. To date MHI has delivered ten commercial chemical plants for CO2
recovery from natural-gas-fired or heavy-oil-fired flue gas, and one other
chemical plant is currently under construction, making MHI a leader in the
The mechanisms have been firmly set in place enabling MHI to respond promptly
to demand for large-scale carbon recovery systems. Earlier the company built
the world's largest (500 tpd) CO2 recovery demonstration plant for
coal-fired power generation at Southern Company's Plant Barry in the U.S.
state of Alabama. MHI launched demonstration testing of the facility in June
2011 jointly with Southern Company, one of the largest electric utilities in
the country, and demonstration testing of CO2 sequestration began this August.
In Norway, in 2009 MHI completed the front-end engineering and design (FEED)
for a 3,000 tpd CO2 recovery facility for a GTCC power plant.
Norway is highly environmental-minded and advanced in research on carbon
capture and sequestration (CCS). Through participation in a CCS-related
project, MHI looks to establish the reliability of its own CO2 recovery
technology, and it also considers the project at Mongstad important for
promoting increased adoption of CCS in the battle against global warming.
Through the competition, MHI aims not only to be awarded adoption of its
technology for this project as a step in promoting expansion of its business in
CCS; more broadly it also seeks to contribute to global efforts to reduce
Note: KM-CDR Process is a registered trademark of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries,
Ltd., in Japan, the United States, the European Union (CTM), Norway, Australia
About Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is one
of the world's leading heavy machinery manufacturers, with consolidated
sales of 2,820.9 billion yen in fiscal 2011, the year ended March 31, 2012.
MHI's diverse lineup of products and services encompasses shipbuilding,
power plants, chemical plants, environmental equipment, steel structures,
industrial and general machinery, aircraft, space rocketry and air-conditioning
systems. For more information, please visit the MHI website at www.mhi.co.jp.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
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