September 2012

Special Report: Refining Developments

CO2 capture from SMRs: A demonstration project

Technical and economic results from this project will be key in determining the most effective path to commercialization.

Baade, W. F., Farnand, S., Hutchison, R., Welch, K., Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.

In June 2010, the US Department of Energy (DOE) selected a gas-specialty company to receive American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding to design, construct and operate a system to capture CO2 from two steam methane reformers (SMRs) located within the Valero refinery in Port Arthur, Texas. The CO2 removal technology will be retrofitted to the SMRs, which produce hydrogen to assist in the manufacture of petrochemicals and the making of cleaner burning transportation fuels by refinery customers on the Gulf Coast hydrogen pipeline network. The necessary commercial agreements were signed to proceed with a planned carbon capture and sequestration (CSS) project in Port Arthur, Texas.

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