Wednesday, July 23, 2008

UAE, Bahrain petchem co sign carbon capture deal

DUBAI, July 23 (Reuters) - Abu Dhabi's Masdar has signed a deal with Bahrain's Gulf Petrochemical Industries Co (GPIC) for a project to cut greenhouse gas emissions and sell the credits under a United Nations scheme, Masdar said on Wednesday.

The project aims to capture carbon dioxide from flue gas and use it as feedstock to produce urea and methanol at GPIC's fertilizer facility in Bahrain, Masdar said in a statement.

The project is expected to cut around 100,000 tonnes per year of carbon dioxide equivalent as of 2010, Masdar said.

Masdar plans to manage the process of registering the project under the UN's clean development mechanism to generate carbon emissions reduction certificates.

Under the Kyoto Protocol, developing countries can sell emissions reductions from their energy-intensive industry to help rich countries offset their own contribution to climate change.

Masdar was set up by the Abu Dhabi government to develop sustainable and clean energy. It aims to put the emirate of Abu Dhabi, holder of 90 percent of the United Arab Emirate's oil reserves, at the forefront of the future energy industry.

OPEC-member the UAE is the world's fifth-largest oil exporter and one of the largest per capita greenhouse gas emitters in the world.

Masdar is developing plans to build the world's first nationwide carbon capture and storage (CCS) network, which aims to trap emissions and pipe them to oilfields.

Pumped into the ground, the carbon is kept out of the atmosphere and helps to maintain pressure and boost output at oilfields.

CCS has yet to be proven on a commercial scale.

GPIC is a joint venture producing petrochemicals and fertiliser, owned by Bahrain's government, Saudi Basic Industries Corp 2010.SE (SABIC) and Kuwait's Petrochemical Industries Co.

Bahrain's GPIC agrees on carbon capture project

Original Article

LONDON (ICIS news)--Gulf Petrochemical Industries Co (GPIC) has agreed on plans to build a facility to capture and recycle carbon dioxide (CO2) at its fertilizer site in Bahrain and use it as feedstock in the production of urea and methanol, the company said on Wednesday.

In an agreement with Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy platform Masdar, the company planned to build a unit to reduce its CO2 emissions equivalent by 100,000 tonnes/year from 2010.

The project would be developed under the United Nations’ Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), which provides financial incentives to reduce emissions in countries with no commitments under the Kyoto Protocol.

“The CDM provides an incentive to GPIC to develop the CO2 capture project and we expect this project to pave the way for more carbon reduction initiatives in the industry,” said Masdar CEO Sultan Al Jaber.

GPIC is a joint venture of the Bahrain government, Saudi Basic Industries Corp (SABIC), and the Petrochemical Industries Company (PIC) of Kuwait.

It manufactured almost 1.5m tonnes of ammonia, urea and methanol annually, it said.

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