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By Florence Tan
SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Exxon Mobil Corp (NYSE:) desires to construct carbon seize storage (CCS) hubs in Southeast Asia, just like its undertaking in Houston, Texas, and has began talks with some nations with potential storage choices for carbon dioxide, the corporate’s head of low carbon options stated.
Final month, the U.S. power main stated 11 firms have agreed to start discussing plans that might result in capturing and storing as much as 50 million tonnes per yr (tpy) of CO2 within the Gulf of Mexico by 2030.
“Not like in Houston, the storage capability right here will not be near the areas with the very best emissions,” ExxonMobil Low Carbon Options President Joe Blommaert stated on the Singapore Worldwide Power Week.
“That is why we have been learning the idea of inserting CO2 seize hubs in a few of Asia’s heavy industrial areas reminiscent of right here in Singapore after which connecting them to CO2 storage areas elsewhere within the area.”
Southeast Asia’s industrial CO2 emissions exceeded four billion tpy, Blommaert stated, citing 2019 knowledge from the Worldwide Power Company.
ExxonMobil has listed Singapore, residence to the most important’s largest refining-petrochemical centre globally, as one among its CCS initiatives. Nonetheless, Singapore doesn’t have appropriate CO2 storage websites, a latest CCS research commissioned by Singapore authorities confirmed. Nations within the area with potential storage websites embody Indonesia and Malaysia.
Critics say CCS will lengthen the lifetime of soiled fossil fuels, however advocates, together with the IEA, see CCS as important to assist meet web zero emissions.
One other research by the Singapore Power Centre, partly based by ExxonMobil, estimated almost 300 billion tonnes of CO2 storage capability in depleted oil and fuel fields and saline formations in Southeast Asia, Blommaert stated.
“We’re now working with among the nations recognized on this research to progress potential storage areas,” he stated, with out naming the nations.
Nonetheless, for CCS to draw funding and grow to be economically viable, there must be a clear carbon worth throughout nations, Blommaert stated.
“I imagine a clear worth on carbon is the simplest solution to scale back emissions on the lowest value to society,” he added.
“As a result of a lot of the world does not have carbon pricing, there is a danger that some operators will transfer to nations that don’t but worth emissions,” he stated.
Melbourne-based World CCS Institute stated in October that international plans to construct CCS initiatives surged 50% over the past 9 months.
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