Japan Unveils First Underground Carbon Capture And Storage Facility

Japan Unveils First Underground Carbon Capture And Storage Facility - Carbon Herald
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Japan has taken a significant step towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions with the unveiling of its first operational underground carbon capture and storage (CCS) facility. 

This facility, located in Tomakomai, Hokkaido, marks a major milestone in the country’s decarbonization efforts.

The project, spearheaded by Japan CCS (JCCS), a consortium of power and oil companies, is the first large-scale CCS facility in Japan. 

Since its operation began in 2016, it has successfully captured and stored around 300,000 tons of carbon dioxide.

To further accelerate progress, Japan recently passed the CCS Business Act

This new legislation aims to create a supportive environment for the development and implementation of CCS technologies across the country.

Relevant: Japan Passes Carbon Capture Bill

The CCS facility in Tomakomai captures CO2 emissions generated at a nearby oil refinery. This captured CO2 is then injected deep underground (over 1,000 meters below the seabed) through wells drilled from land. 

JCCS has been closely monitoring the site since 2016 to ensure safe and secure storage, with no leaks detected so far.

The recent unveiling of the carbon separation, capture, and storage equipment signifies a successful demonstration of this CCS technology in Japan. 

This paves the way for broader adoption of CCS as a viable solution for tackling climate change.

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