U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu has announced that three projects located in Texas, Illinois, and Louisiana, have successfully completed their Phase One activities and will now receive up to $612 million to demonstrate large-scale carbon capture and storage from industrial sources. Funds will help design, construct and operate the three locations.
These projects are aimed at testing large-scale industrial carbon capture and storage, an important step in moving CCS technology toward eventual commercial deployment. In making the announcement, Secretary Chu said that capturing carbon emissions and storing them underground is a crucial technology as we build a clean energy future and address the threat of climate change.
The three selections are: Leucadia Energy, Leucadia and Denbury Onshore of Lake Charles, Louisiana. They will capture and sequester 4.5 million tons of CO2 per year from a new methanol plant in Lake Charles; Air Products & Chemicals at Port Arthur, Texas will partner with Denbury Onshore to capture and sequester one million tons of CO2 per year from existing steam-methane reformers in Port Arthur; and Archer Daniels Midland Corporation at Decatur, Illinois will capture and sequester one million tons of CO2 per year from an existing ethanol plant in Illinois, starting in August 2012.