Carbon capture and storage project makes progress on storage facility

The Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM) marked the progress made on construction of the storage facility for the Illinois Industrial Carbon Capture and Storage (ICCS) project in Decatur, Ill.

The project is designed to sequester approximately 2,500 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per day in the saline Mount Simon Sandstone formation at depths of approximately 7,000 feet. The project includes the design, construction and demonstration of a CO2 compression and dehydration facility that will enable the high-pressure stream of CO2 available to the pipeline and injection well.

"This project is an important part of the Obama Administration’s investments in clean coal technology and an all-of-the-above energy strategy that will help ensure we develop every source of American energy," said Charles McConnell, the Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). "Continued research into Carbon, Capture, Utilization and Storage technologies will help continue reducing the costs of clean coal projects and make sure that the U.S. maintains the lead in this important clean energy industry."

ADM, which includes Schlumberger Carbon Services, the Illinois State Geological Survey and Richland Community College, is a member of the DOE’s Midwest Geological Sequestration Consortium. The project is expected to be operational in summer 2013.

DOE also announced the public opening of the National Sequestration Education Center. The center, funded in partnership with Richland Community College, will offer students associate degrees in sequestration technology.

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