Subscribe to our free daily newsletters
  Energy News  

Subscribe to our free daily newsletters

Energy Giant Total To Test Scheme To Store Carbon Emissions

Graphic illustrating a trial by French energy giant Total to capture and store the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) at a site in southwestern France. Graphic courtesy AFP.
by Staff Writers
Paris (AFP) Feb 8, 2007
The French energy giant Total announced on Thursday that a trial scheme to capture and store the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) at a site in southwestern France would start operations in November 2008. CO2 will be captured from a steam-producing boiler at the ageing Lacq gas field in an experiment to test the feasibility and costs of carbon storage, it said.

Instead of being released into the atmosphere and adding to the global-warming effect caused by carbon pollution, the CO2 will be injected 4,500 metres (14,625 feet) below ground in a now-empty gas field.

Carbon storage is being closely studied by big greenhouse-gas polluters.

Several pilot schemes are already underway in Europe and the United States, exploring different techniques in different geological formations.

Environmentalists caution that storage may carry long-term risks.

If the underground chamber subsides or is ruptured by an earthquake, that would disgorge the CO2 into the atmosphere, worsening the greenhouse effect at a stroke for future generations, they say.

Jean-Michel Gires, Total's director for sustainable development and the environment, said the engineering phase of the Lacq scheme was already completed.

If all goes well, the site would start storing CO2 from November 2008, with the goal of sequestering up to 150,000 tonnes over the following two years.

"We will be monitoring how it unfolds over two years. It has to be completely reliable," Gires said.

Total, on its website, says it has allocated 50 million euros (65 million dollars) for the Lacq project and other technologies to reduce carbon emissions.

To capture the CO2, the site will use oxycombustion, the first time this method will be tried in an "integrated" site, meaning the location where the carbon pollution is produced and then stored.

Carbon storage carries a significant economic cost, which Total estimates at between 60 and 100 euros (80 and 130 dollars) a tonne. This is many times the commercial cost of buying carbon to offset one's own pollution.

Carbon on the European market has crashed to less than 1.50 euro (1.95 dollars) a tonne, compared with roughly 26 euros (33.8 dollars) a year ago, driven down by problems of excessive quota allocations among European countries bound by the Kyoto Protocol's pollution limits.

Source: Agence France-Presse

Email This Article
Comment On This Article

Related Links
Powering The World in the 21st Century at
Our Polluted World and Cleaning It Up
China News From
Global Trade News
The Economy
All About Solar Energy at
Civil Nuclear Energy Science, Technology and News
Powering The World in the 21st Century at

Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News

Energy Technology Is Our Generation's Moon Shot
Berkeley CA (SPX) Feb 07, 2007
Excitement and purpose were palpable today (Thursday, Feb. 1) as the governors of California and Illinois and other speakers addressed a packed press conference announcing the formation of the Energy Biosciences Institute. There was a sense that this new industry-university partnership, to develop and deliver clean, renewable sources of energy, might be a first step toward ending the Age of Fossil Fuels and avoiding global cataclysm.

  • Cold Storage Solution For Global Warming
  • Energy Giant Total To Test Scheme To Store Carbon Emissions
  • Chinese firms win 1.46 bln dollar hydro project in Nigeria
  • Storing Carbon Dioxide Below Ground May Prevent Polluting Above

  • US takes step toward joining UN 'nuclear fuel bank' project
  • Iran To Test New Uranium Enrichment Plant Soon
  • Uranium Enrichment Centers To Dispose Of Nuclear Waste
  • British Firm Set To Upgrade Russian Nuclear Storage Facility

  • Global Assimilation Of Ionospheric Measurements Model Goes Operational
  • Airborne Dust Causes Ripple Effect on Climate Far Away
  • U.S. wood-fired boilers cause concern
  • Climate Change Affecting Outermost Atmosphere Of Earth

  • Illegal Logging Threatens Endangered Orangutans
  • Greenpeace Slams Indonesian Plan To Auction Forestry Permits
  • Nigeria May Be Left Without Forest By 2010
  • Millions Pledged To Save Canadian Amazon

  • Canadian Farmer On Global Crusade Against GM Seeds
  • New Management Tool For East Australian Graziers
  • Ancient Genes Used To Produce Salt-Tolerant Wheat
  • Something New Under The Sun

  • EU proposes 25 percent cut in new car emissions
  • EU Reaches Compromise On New Car Emissions Plan
  • London Council Votes For Emissions-Related Parking Charges
  • Multimedia Car Radio Of The Future

  • Anger As Britons Face Air Tax Hike
  • Bats In Flight Reveal Unexpected Aerodynamics
  • Lockheed Martin And Boeing Form Strategic Alliance To Promote Next-Gen Air Transportation System
  • Time to test the Guardian Missile Defense System For Commercial Aircraft

  • Could NASA Get To Pluto Faster? Space Expert Says Yes - By Thinking Nuclear
  • NASA plans to send new robot to Jupiter
  • Los Alamos Hopes To Lead New Era Of Nuclear Space Tranportion With Jovian Mission
  • Boeing Selects Leader for Nuclear Space Systems Program

  • The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2006 - SpaceDaily.AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA PortalReports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additionalcopyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement