QatarEnergy and General Electric (GE) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to jointly develop a carbon capture roadmap for Qatar.
The roadmap will be focused on decarbonizing the country’s energy industry, and the initial agreement is to evaluate the feasibility of developing a carbon hub at Ras Laffan Industrial City.
Currently, Ras Laffan Industrial City has over 80 GE gas turbines, making it an ideal location for such a project.
The MoU was signed at QatarEnergy’s headquarters in Doha, under the supervision of QatarEnergy President and CEO Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, who is also the nation’s Minister of State for Energy Affairs.
In a comment on the new agreement, Al-Kaabi announced that the MoU is in line with the state owned company’s sustainability strategy and its ambition to reduce CO2 emissions and produce cleaner energy.
QatarEnergy recently revised its Sustainability Strategy to include various initiatives aimed at substantially curbing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, such as the large-scale deployment of carbon capture and sequestration technology.
Specifically, the company’s efforts are directed at achieving a reduction of 11 million tons of CO2 per year by 2035.
Furthermore, the planned carbon capture projects will aim to slash the CO2 intensity of the nation’s LNG facilities by some 35% and that of its upstream facilities by 25% (which represents a 10% increase in both cases compared to previous targets).
Aside from carbon capture and sequestration, the roadmap also includes the use of hydrogen and ammonia as a means of reducing emissions in GE’s gas turbines.