New collaboration with Petroleum Development Oman announced
CICCS-PDO Project: CO2 Sequestration through Chemical Transformation of Peridotite
The Centre for Innovation in Carbon Capture and Storage (CICCS) is pleased to announce its collaboration with Petroleum Development Oman (PDO). The project, led by Prof. Mercedes Maroto-Valer, Dr Steve Bouzalakos and Dr John Andresen from CICCS and Dr Richard Terres from PDO, will study the mitigation and reduction of the carbon emissions of PDO through the permanent sequestration of CO2 in peridotite of the Samail Ophiolite as carbonates. PDO estimate that its carbon footprint could increase over the coming decade, but is uniquely positioned to take advantage of this technology to reduce emissions as its operations, and CO2 sources, are bordered by these peridotite-bearing rock masses.
The work will focus on addressing the current state of the art on mineralisation processes for peridotite and how these might be deployed specifically to PDO. Allocated funds will support a field trip in late 2009 and laboratory work to better characterise the Omani rock. The resulting feasibility report will offer an assessment of the viability of the approach and impetus towards a potential Phase II project (2010) to focus on a pilot test of the technology.