In the International Energy Agency’s Sustainable Development Scenario, nearly 15% of the cumulative reduction in carbon emissions come from carbon capture—the isolation of carbon dioxide from industrial production (among other sources) and its storage in the earth where it originated.
Clean Energy Resources LLC is developing the world’s largest carbon facility in Lake Charles Louisiana. The facility will be anchored by an associated low carbon fuels production plant that recycles waste products from nearby refineries. 4 million tons per year of CO2 extracted from the waste product will be permanently sequestered in saline aquifers far below the earth’s surface.
The petrochemical waste product petroleum coke or “petcoke” is energy rich, but it is high in carbon and high in sulfur. As a result, burning petcoke in the U.S. has been on the decline for many years due to environmental regulations. Instead, the U.S. petrochemical industry exports this waste to developing countries where it is burned and releases an enormous amount of CO2 and other emissions harmful to human health. The new facility will eliminate 99% of NOx, SOx and particulate pollutants and capture 90% of the CO2 — over 4 million tons per year.
The captured CO2 will be permanently stored or “sequestered” in deep saline aquifers near the facility, anchoring a larger system of carbon capture and sequestration under development by the State.