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A large facility capable of extracting significant amounts of carbon dioxide from the air is being planned for north east Scotland.
The proposed plant would remove up to one million tonnes of CO2 every year - the same amount taken up by around 40 million trees.
The extracted gas could be stored permanently deep under the seabed off the Scottish coast.

This Direct Air Capture (DAC) plan is a joint project between UK firm Storegga and Canadian company Carbon Engineering.

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Bob Meinetz on Jun 24, 2021

"In May 2019, Carbon Engineering announced it was partnering with...a subsidiary of Occidental Petroleum, to design and engineer a large-scale plant capable of capturing 500,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide from the air each year, which would be used in OLCV’s enhanced oil recovery for the plant is expected to begin in 2021, with the plant becoming operational within approximately two years, and it will be located in the Permian Basin [Texas]."

Charley, Carbon Engineering is busy partnering with oil companies to use captured CO2 not to store it underground, but to extract even more oil. Given the company has yet to permanently store a single cubic meter of CO2 underground, its new venture with Occidental Petroleum will either:

1) Spend tens of £millions attempting to store CO2 deep under the seabed off the Scottish coast, the feasibility of which has yet to be demonstrated, or

2) Claim they're doing it, while expelling the invisible, odorless gas they've just collected back into the atmosphere. With impunity, and at no cost.

Both will garner valuable "green" PR for Occidental Petroleum. Which is the better investment?


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Roger Arnold on Jun 25, 2021

Actually, Bob, the feasibility of this type of storage has been thoroughly demonstrated over a period of decades. The Sleipner project has been operating in the North Sea since 1996, in a geological formation essentially identical to that of this project. And the CO2 injection into that field is no different than the CO2 injections widely used for enhanced oil recovery since the 1980's. The injection wells that this project will be using already exist.

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Bob Meinetz on Jun 26, 2021

Roger - it's been throroughly demonstrated over a period of decades, has it? Who has done the "demonstrating" - entities which stand to reap $billions in extra profits from the extraction of oil from existing wells...and after a period of decades, they know it will remain sequestered essentially forever, do they?

"Oil and gas companies are, after all, bad actors. For decades upon decades, they’ve been lying about climate change, fighting furiously against any regulation that would force them to internalize the costs of their pollution, and lobbying against clean energy policies at the federal and state level, especially through their trade associations and dark money groups. They are still doing all of those things today.

Yes, they sell a product we need, for which there is demand. But that’s just the point: They are corporations driven by the profit motive to sell as much of their product as possible. Humanity’s long-term interests dictate using as little of their product as possible. The struggle against climate change is, in part, going to be a struggle against oil and gas companies. Sure, in theory, over time, they could evolve into pure carbon sequestration companies or renewable energy companies or pipeline services companies. But in this reality, now, they are multi-billion-dollar hydrocarbon companies.

Anyone who ignores that basic political economy, who believes oil and gas companies will be good-faith partners in a climate-emergency effort, is indulging in a kind of willful naivete that is entirely too common in the carbon wonk community."

EOR/CCR is not responsible, it's not helpful, it's not progress. It's insanity.

Could squeezing more oil out of the ground help fight climate change?


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Matt Chester on Jun 24, 2021

the same amount taken up by around 40 million trees

Hopefully this isn't seen as a replacement for using those natural carbon sinks like trees, though!

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