Summit Carbon Solutions Showcases World’s Largest Carbon Capture Project at Fall Hydrogen & Carbon Capture Conference
— Chris Hill, Director of Carbon Permitting Summit Carbon Solutions
PENN VALLEY, Pennsylvania, USA, Dec. 1, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Chances are you’ve never heard of the world’s largest carbon capture and sequestration project, a plan dominated by a 2,000-mile pipeline that costs private financing $4.5 billion.
But the Midwest Carbon Express is unique, combining carbon dioxide emissions from 31 bioethanol plants in five Midwestern states and then transporting the CO2 north to outside Bismarck, ND, where 12 million metric tons of CO2 per year will be sequestered underground in permanent storage.
“The 12 million tonnes of CO2 we will capture, transport and store is equivalent to removing 2.6 million cars from the nation’s highways, equivalent to the amount of CO2 stored by 14.7 million acres of forest. “, according to Christopher Hill, Director of Carbon Permits for the project owner-developer, Summit Carbon Solutions.
Hill told the story of Midwest Carbon Express at the recent Hydrocarbon & Carbon Capture conference, held outside Pittsburgh and produced by ShaleDirectories.com and H2-CCS Network.
Hill told the roughly 150 conference attendees that North Dakota is an ideal state to vent CO2 because the Williston Basin portion of the state contains up to 250 billion tons of geological storage potential.
According to Summit Carbon Solutions, the project makes it possible to produce ethanol (produced from locally grown corn) in a more sustainable way, allowing it to be more competitive in a “low carbon” world.
“The long-term viability of the ethanol industry is essential for agriculture and rural America,” the company said.
The 45Q federal tax credit accrues to the owner of carbon capture sequestration at $50 per ton of CO2 removed from the atmosphere.
Biorefineries (facilities that convert biomass into energy and other products) are ideal for carbon capture and sequestration because their emissions are almost pure CO2 unlike power plants powered by fossil fuels.
“Right now we’re doing 3D seismic for the project,” Hill told his audience at the Hydrocarbon and Carbon Capture Conference. “Construction begins in the second half of 2023, with the project being operational in 2024.”
“The Midwest Carbon Express is an extremely exciting project,” said Tom Gellrich, Founder of H2-CCS Network. He further added, “We look forward to having an update on this project at future hydrogen and carbon capture conferences.”