Middle East Opens First Carbon Dioxide Recovery Plant


The Middle East’s first carbon dioxide recovery plant has been opened at the Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company. This is also one of the first in the world to successfully recycle carbon dioxide air emissions. The $55 million facility at the company’s Sitra facility was formally inaugurated by Gulf chairman and adviser to the Prime Minister for oil and industrial affairs Shaikh Isa bin Ali Al Khalifa, in the presence of board members, company officials and guests.

Carbon dioxide is useful for many industrial operations. It can be used as a feedstock if compressed and transported and it can be used in carbonation of beverages. These are useful and productive recycling efforts but the industry using the carbon dioxide must be close by.

It may also be pumped into the ground and sequestered as a mineral carbonate.

So it is quite promising when a carbon dioxide recovery and reuse facility is put in place because it is a productive use of a wasted air emission.

Speaking at the event, Shaikh Isa said with the use of this environmentally friendly technology, they are a step ahead of all such companies in the region.

He said the unit can capture 450 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide per day, which is one of the world’s largest capacities.

“The captured gas will later be used as feedstock for urea and methanol synthesis procedures in the process recovering approximately 90 per cent of the gas expelled.”

“In this way, the company has started to contribute towards preserving the environment by reducing global warming and preventing climate change.”

The technology will help reduce carbon dioxide emissions responsible for climate change and will positively contribute to protecting the environment. It is self sustaining pollution control technology.

Article by Andy Soos, appearing courtesy of ENN

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