North Dakota proposes CCUS expansions
North Dakota senator John Hoeven joined a state gas company September 9 in announcing the proposed expansion of a state carbon storage facility.
Hoeven, a Republican member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, joined representatives from the Basin Electric Power Cooperative and Dakota Gasification Company in announcing expansion plans for a carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) facility near Beulah, in the middle of the state.
Bakken Energy, supported by Mitsubishi Power, is currently working with Basin Electric and its subsidiary Dakota Gasification on the potential acquisition and redevelopment of the Great Plains synfuels plant near Beulah.
The facility’s current nameplate capacity is about 2mn metric tons/year of the synfuel plant’s CO2 emissions. That gas is sent across the border to the Canadian province of Saskatchewan where it is used in enhanced oil recovery (EOR) projects.
The expansion calls for a sequestration capacity of up to 3.5mn mt/yr of CO2. Hoeven’s office said once the expansion is completed, the plant will be among the largest facilities of its kind, and the first to send captured carbon to geological storage as well as EOR projects.
Bakken Energy and Mitstoubishi Power signed a strategic partnership agreement in June to create a hydrogen hub in North Dakota, comprised of facilities that produce, store, transport and consume clean hydrogen.
The hub will focus on producing blue hydrogen and will be connected by pipeline to other clean hydrogen hubs being developed across North America.