Carbon capture development in Asia is increasing speed as recent news suggests. Baker Hughes was awarded a contract to supply CO2 compression equipment for a large-scale carbon capture and storage (CCS) project in Sarawak, Malaysia.
The compressors will be used to allow the transportation and re-injection of the CO2 separated from natural gas into a depleted offshore field via a subsea pipeline. The initiative will reduce the amount of CO2 emitted via flaring from the site.
The carbon capture project is a collaboration between Malaysian oil and gas company Petronas and South Korea-based POSCO Holdings. The project is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by 3.3 million tons per year from the Kasawari gas development.
According to Petronas, the CCS project will help establish Malaysia as a global carbon capture, utilization and storage hub. The final investment decision on the project was approved in October.
Baker Hughes delivery includes two trains of low-pressure booster compressors that will use membrane separation technology remove CO2, as well as two trains for re-injecting the separated CO2 into a dedicated storage site.
According to the Executive vice president of Industrial & Energy Technology at Baker Hughes, Rod Christie, the project proves that carbon capture technology can be deployed even in challenging environments like offshore gas facilities, and helps reduce emissions from natural gas production.