CO₂ capture and reuse it in other production cycles is one of the essential actions to reduce CO₂ concentration in the atmosphere as well as to stop the average temperature increase of our planet.
Maire Tecnimont, a leading group which operates in the global natural resource conversion market (downstream oil & gas plant engineering, with technological and executive expertise) has recently announced that its subsidiary NextChem, which works in the field of green chemicals and technologies in support of the energy transition, has been awarded by ENI the engineering works for a carbon capture plant at the natural gas plant of Casalborsetti, in the province of Ravenna.
The project could extend into a full EPC (Engineering Procurement and Construction) should certain conditions take place. The plant would be able to separate the CO₂ from emissions from the natural gas plant’s turbo compressor, purifying and compressing them, thus allowing the capture of about 25,000 tons per year of carbon dioxide which would otherwise be released into the atmosphere.
The technology used for the capture of CO₂ in emissions gasses operates at high efficiency and low power consumption even at low concentrations. It has already been widely used to capture emissions of hard-to-abate industrial sectors worldwide.
NextChem has developed a range of solutions that recycle CO₂ to produce new chemicals, in view of an increasingly circular economy based on industrial symbiosis.
Pierroberto Folgiero, CEO of Maire Tecnimont and NextChem commented: "The capture of CO₂, its value enhancement, and its reuse are a fundamental component in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, towards the achievement of climate goals aimed at containing global warming. In order to achieve climate neutrality by 2050, the contribution of technologies for the capture, valorization and sequestration of CO₂ will be crucial. We are strongly committed to this technological segment of the energy transition, and this project demonstrates that we are on the right track as we move towards achieving our goals in our Green Energy business. We are proud to have been chosen for this project, which represents a milestone at international level that will enhance the Italian industrial supply chain".