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State-run firms look to develop CCS technologies

Staff Writer, with CNA

Three of Taiwan’s leading state-run enterprises have launched efforts to develop carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies under a government-initiated program to reduce the country’s environmental footprint, the Bureau of Energy said yesterday.

As leading economies worldwide have invested heavily in CCS pilot projects as a tool to fight climate change by storing carbon dioxide emissions, Taiwan Power Co (Taipower, 台電), CPC Corp, Taiwan (CPC, 台灣中油) and China Steel Corp (CSC, 中鋼) formed a strategic alliance with several government agencies late last year to develop carbon capture and sequestration technologies, Bureau of Energy Deputy Director-General Wang Yunn-ming (王運銘) said.

The alliance plans to complete a pilot project to store 10,000 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide by 2015 and to begin commercial operations by 2020.

CSC is cooperating with four universities to develop a chemical absorption carbon dioxide capturing technology and an oxy-fuel combustion pilot testing program, Wang said.

Meanwhile, CPC is using oil and gas exploration and production data and technologies to initiate carbon dioxide sequestration technology.

If applied to a modern power plant, carbon sequestration could reduce carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere by approximately 85 percent to 90 percent, an Environmental Protection Administration report said.

The administration cited an International Energy Agency report that said CCS technology is now capable of cutting 19 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions.

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