1 Dec 2010 07:25

Shenhua Group to put CCS facility into operation in 2011 - executive

Beijing. November 30. INTERFAX-CHINA - State-owned Shenhua Group Corp., China's largest coal producer, plans to put a carbon capture and storage (CCS) facility into operation in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region in January 2011, a company executive said at an industry forum on Nov. 30.

Gu Dazhao, general manager of Shenhua Group's science and technology department, said at the World Clean Coal Week China Focus 2010 in Beijing that the project will capture carbon emissions from the company's coal-to-liquid (CTL) project in Inner Mongolia's Ordos Basin.

According to the Shenhua Group's Web site, the company broke ground on the RMB 210 million ($31.63 million) CCS facility in August. The project is expected to reduce the CTL plant's carbon dioxide emissions by 100,000 tons annually.

Gu noted that another CTL project to be jointly developed by Shenhua Group and South Africa's Sasol Ltd. in Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region is currently awaiting approval from the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC).

China is home to two other smaller-scale CCS pilot projects in Beijing and Shanghai Municipality. China Huaneng Group, China's largest power producer, launched the Beijing project in 2009 in order to capture 3,000 tons of carbon dioxide annually from one of its nearby thermal power plants.