WABASH Valley Resources (WVR) has closed an investment from Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI) for what is expected to be the US’ largest carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) project to date.
The CCS project is part of a larger project WVR started in 2016. The company acquired a world-scale gasification plant in Indiana, US which it plans to convert into an anhydrous ammonia production plant and CCS plant. Fertiliser plants are a major source of greenhouse gases, generating about 2% of global CO2 emissions. The CCS plant is expected to capture 1.5–1.75m t/y of CO2 – depending on plant maintenance cycles – facilitating low carbon production of ammonia. It is expected to capture and sequester close to 100% of the ammonia plant’s CO2. For CO2 capture the CCS plant will use a Rectisol based capture system. Rectisol is a physical acid gas removal process which uses an organic solvent at subzero temperatures.
“This innovative carbon capture and sequestration project will facilitate the production of green ammonia,” said Simon Greenshields, president and CEO of Phibro LLC.
“Farmers and industrial end users alike will, for the first time, be presented with an opportunity to purchase ammonia produced in an environmentally conscious and sustainable manner and at an affordable price.”
The project will capture and sequester close to 100% of the plant’s carbon dioxide approximately 7,000 feet below the surface into the saline sandstone aquifer known as the Mount Simon Sandstone.