Thailand’s PTTEP has selected Honeywell as the carbon capture technology supplier for its Arthit gas production field in the Gulf of Thailand. Judging by the statements around the announcement, its seems the door has also been opened to Honeywell for providing engineering and consulting services for following stages in the design and deployment of the Arthit CCS program, subject to future decisions by the Thai state petroleum company.
Honeywell will also provide Separex membrane components for this project as well as provide pre-trial and launch support in the future.
Matt Spalding, general manager of Honeywell UOP for Asia Pacific commented on the announcement by saying: “Today, 15 million tonnes per year of CO2 is being captured and used in storage/utilisation applications through Honeywell’s CO2 solutions process expertise. We currently have the capacity to capture 40 million tonnes per year through our installed projects worldwide.”
PTTEP expects the project to start storing CO2 in its depleted wells later this year and is set to be one of the largest commercial facilities for the Honeywell APAC region. If successful, it could act as real-life demonstration of applying commercially available natural gas processing technology for carbon recovery and storage.
Honeywell’s statement about the deal also pointed out that the technology provides an enhancement to an existing system for concentrating a carbon dioxide-rich stream using a two-step process, so that it can be pumped into a nearby depleted gas reservoir while taking into account limitations of offshore platforms.
The technology also improves the recovery of hydrocarbons that would otherwise be flared, providing additional value to the project and reducing costs.
Both companies didn’t share the exact percentage of emissions that will be captured from the gas field but the adoption of the technology should help PTTEP achieve its 2050 net zero goal.