China Energy Investment Corporation announced on Friday that it has started operations at what is considered to be the largest coal carbon capture facility in Asia.
The Chinese state-owned power generator made its announcement on the national media outlet CCTV.
The huge carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) facility is adjoined to the company’s Taizhou thermal coal power plant in the Jiangsu province, in the eastern part of China.
According to China Energy, the new carbon capture facility will be able to capture and store 500,000 metric tons of CO2 per year.
The big move comes as carbon capture starts gaining momentum in China and all of its major power companies are turning the nascent technology into one of their main focus areas in an effort to meet the nation’s goal of reaching peak emissions by 2030.
For instance, last year, China’s state-owned oil and gas corporation Sinopec began work on the country’s largest CCUS project, capable of capturing up to 712,000 tons of carbon dioxide per annum.