Two of the world’s leading energy corporations Air Liquide and Saras have teamed up to explore carbon capture and storage (CCS) solutions in Sardinia, Italy. The study is set to take place at Saras’ Sarroch refinery site and will be conducted in two phases.
The first phase will have to do with an evaluation of several different carbon capture solutions, including potentially also the use of Air Liquide’s proprietary Cryocap™ technology. And after that, the second phase of the study will deal with the assessment of the carbon transport and storage solutions.
The Sarroch site is equipped with an Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) plant and can, as a result of the joint project, benefit from a reduced carbon footprint both of its electricity supply and refining process.
In addition, Air Liquide is interested in finding ways to minimize the carbon footprint of its nitrogen and oxygen production capacity.
The agreement, according to Air Liquide Italia’s General Manager Bruno Ponson, will reinforce a 30-year long partnership. And furthermore, he added, one of the corporation’s strategic pillars is aiding the decarbonization of the industry in its aim to address the pressing issue of climate change and reach net-zero targets by 2050.
Saras is also determined to meet climate change goals and help bring about the energy transition. And to do this, the company has lined up a series of other CO2 reduction projects in addition to its partnership with Air Liquide.
Even so, the agreement with Air Liquide is a critical step for Saras and its commitment to tackling the challenges associated with the energy transition, as was pointed out by Saras CEO, Dario Scaffardi in his comments on the partnerships between the two energy giants.