Exclusive: Testing, Progress Underway Puts Texas At Center of New Carbon Capture Tech

Work among Houston companies, Permian projects and UT Austin keep the Lone Star State at the cutting edge of carbon capture and storage R&D   January 10, 2020 Texas remains one of the hot spots for research and development of carbon capture technologies, with academic and field activities continuing daily. Most recently, Houston's Occidental Petroleum has joined with France's Total for a carbon-capture project at a Colorado location for possible use in the Lone Star State, while Houston's Fluor Corp. will take part in a US Dept. of Energy-funded project aimed at eventually retrofitting power plants with carbon-capture tech. This, even as UT Austin continues research into capture techniques and a new program is underway in West Texas to test an experimental design. Lawmakers and scientists have for years looked to carbon capture and sequestration as a promising technology for reducing emissions, even as the practical capability for capture and storage has progressed very slowly and technical costs have remained high. Never mind that the Petra Nova facility, a coal-fired power plant near Houston, is one of only two already operating power plants with carbon capture and storage in the world, and is the only such facility in the US.. Oxy Petroleum and Total now say they are targeting the possible capture of nearly a quarter-million metric tons of carbon each year a the Holcim Portland, Colorado, cement plant, according to the company, with Oxy buying and using the resulting carbon dioxide for enhanced oil recovery that could include West Texas as well as Colorado.......  
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