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Saudi Arabia Collaborates with US on Managing Carbon Emissions

Saudi Arabia Collaborates with US on Managing Carbon Emissions

Sunday, 3 December, 2017 - 12:30
Delegates inspecting a model of a CCS plant at the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on November 4. (IISD reporting services)

Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Energy and Industry is expected to sign on Monday a carbon emissions control agreement with the US Department of Energy in the presence of energy ministers of both countries.

The move follows the Kingdom's efforts to reduce harmful carbon emissions that threaten the environment.

The Kingdom is making considerable efforts to reduce carbon emissions. Saudi Arabia has started a series of solar and wind projects that are part of its plan to generate about 10 gigawatts of renewable energy.

Saudi Aramco is contributing to a series of initiatives, some local and some international, to reduce carbon emissions that are harmful to the planet.

In 2015, Saudi Aramco launched its first carbon emissions reduction and storage project in in the Kingdom, as well as the Enhanced Carbon Recovery project at its natural gas facilities.

The project is the largest carbon sequestration and storage project in the Middle East.

The project will use 40 million standard cubic feet per day of carbon dioxide, which is extracted and treated at the natural gas extraction plant and transported through a 85 kilometers pipeline.

The on-site recovery project will inject compressed carbon dioxide into oil-filled reservoirs as a carbon dioxide storage device. Injecting it under high pressure will lead to immediate improvement in oil recovery, making carbon capture and storage a technically useful solution.

Although carbon dioxide emissions have declined significantly since the company established its main gas network in the 1970s, carbon management is an important part of Saudi Aramco's work at the moment.

The carbon management roadmap, which is supervised by the EXPEC Advanced Research Center, includes many important axes with a focus on the key objective of devising technologies to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

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