April 24, 2017
The first commercial-scale carbon capture, utilization and storage facility in the Middle East and North Africa is now operational.
The Al Reyadah project aims to sequester up to 800,000 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide per year. The facility harnesses the CO₂ emitted by major Abu Dhabi steel producer Emirates Steel Industries and injects it as a substitute for rich gas into the emirate’s oil reservoirs to help enhance their output.
The technology works in three stages. Carbon dioxide is first captured on site at the Emirates Steel manufacturing complex before being compressed and dehydrated. The third step involves conveying the CO₂ via an underground pipeline for enhanced oil recovery injection into two onshore oilfields.