INPEX deploys BASF carbon capture tech in Kashiwazaki clean hydrogen/ammonia project

As a part of the Kashiwazaki Clean Hydrogen/Ammonia Project, INPEX Corporation, one of the most significant exploration and production firms in Japan, will deploy the HiPACT regenerative high-pressure CO2 capture technology jointly developed by BASF and its engineering partner JGC Corporation.

This is the first pilot project in Japan to create blue hydrogen/ammonia using natural gas that is produced nearby. It makes it possible to consistently deploy carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) in locally exploited gas fields and to use hydrogen to produce ammonia and energy.

The project is financed by the New Energy and Industrial Technologies Development Organization of the Japanese government (NEDO).

The efficient separation and recovery of CO 2 from the process gas of a hydrogen generation facility uses the HiPACT technology. The factory is situated in the Niigata Prefecture of Japan’s Kashiwazaki city’s Hirai neighborhood. It will be operational in 2025 and is being constructed by JGC Japan Company.

HiPACT is predicted to lower the cost of CO2 capture and compression by up to 35% compared to traditional technologies by releasing the CO2 exhaust gas above atmospheric pressure because of its high CO2 absorption capacity and heat resistance. A maximum advantage for Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) is anticipated since CO2 can be stored underground in a way that uses less energy.

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