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Yanchang Petroleum’s large-scale CCUS facility enters construction in China

XI'AN, China – China’s first large-scale carbon capture storage and utilization (CCUS) facility enters construction. The facility's final investment decision represents a series of "firsts" for China and Yanchang Petroleum, one of China's largest oil and gas companies and the facility's owner.

This is the first large-scale CCUS facility to enter construction in China and Asia, and the first large-scale coal-to-chemicals carbon capture and storage facility.

Located near Xi'an, Yanchang CCUS will capture more than 400,000 tpy of CO2 from two coal to gasification (syngas) plants. It will reinject captured CO2 into previously developed oil fields to release oil from existing formations in a process known as Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR).

"Four years ago, this was an industrial plant venting CO2 into the atmosphere. Today, just four years later, it is a standard-bearer for clean technology,” said Alex Zapantis, Asia Pacific General Manager, Global CCS Institute. “This facility is expected to capture between 6 MMt and 8 MMt of CO2 over the course of its life. This is a massive credit to Yanchang Petroleum and the Shaanxi Province which has created a small piece of history in a city renowned for its rich history -- the famed Terracotta Army. We look forward to seeing Yanchang Petroleum and others like it continue to advance the climate change agenda across China and show the world how practical, cost effective and climate-relevant CCS is."

Currently, there are 16 large-scale CCS facilities in operation around the world with a further five coming onstream within the next 12-18 months.

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