Harvestone CCS Project Marks New CO2 Injection Milestone

Harvestone CCS Project Marks New CO2 Injection Milestone - Carbon Herald

Harvestone Low Carbon Partners announced this week that their carbon capture and storage (CCS) project at the Blue Flint Ethanol plant in Underwood, North Dakota, has successfully initiated the underground injection of carbon dioxide.

This announcement was made at an event led by the CEO, Jeff Zueger, and was met with great enthusiasm by attendees, including Lieutenant Governor Tammy Miller, Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring, and representatives from the state’s congressional delegation.

This Harvestone project is based on the concept of CCS, which involves capturing carbon dioxide from a large stationary source, compressing it into a liquid, and injecting it deep underground for permanent geologic storage through a Class VI injection well.

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The project received final approval from the North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources, allowing the Blue Flint facility to actively capture and inject CO2 underground.

As part of its Vision Carbon Zero initiative, Harvestone successfully operates three different projects: IBEC, Dakota Spirit, and the Blue Flint facility. The CCS mechanism at Blue Flint started carbon dioxide injections in October of this year, marking a milestone in Harvestone’s path to sustainability.

Situated near Underwood, North Dakota, the plant purchases large amounts of corn from local farmers and uses it to produce clean-burning ethanol. In addition, the plant also manufactures distillers grains for livestock feed and corn oil for biodiesel production.

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The plant’s operations generate more than 200,000 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide per year as a byproduct of the fermentation process. However, through the use of carbon capture and storage technology, Blue Flint is now able to capture 100% of their CO2 emissions.

On a daily basis, the plant injects approximately 600 metric tonnes of CO2 underground, which is then permanently stored about one mile below the surface in the Broom Creek formation.

CEO Jeff Zueger stated that this project is a crucial step towards reducing GHG emissions, creating a steady market for North Dakota, and establishing renewable and sustainable energy practices for the future.

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