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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ (MHI) subsidiary Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America (MHIA) has been awarded a contract to provide the world’s largest post-combustion CO2 capture system for the enhanced oil recovery (EOR) project in Texas, the US.

NRG Energy, through its wholly owned subsidiary Petra Nova, and JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration, through its wholly owned subsidiary JX Nippon Oil Exploration, have formed a 50/50 joint venture to build and operate the Petra Nova carbon capture project.

The MHI’s post-combustion CO2 capture system, which is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2016, will capture 90% of CO2 of flue gas from an existing unit at the WA Parish power plant in Fort Bend County, south-west of Houston, US.

The captured CO2 will be injected into the nearby West Ranch oil field to boost crude oil production.

MHI, in consortium with The Industrial Company (TIC), will deliver the carbon capture system which will have a CO2 capture capacity of 4,776 metric tons per day (mtpd).

"The captured CO2 will be injected into the nearby West Ranch oil field to boost crude oil production.."

NRG Energy CEO president David Crane said: "Our objective is simple: we want to continue to provide safe, affordable and reliable power to our customers, but without risking the health of the planet as a result of our activities.

"This project is an enormous step in that direction, plus it continues the trend of enhancing domestic oil production; thus further reducing our national dependence on foreign sources of oil."

The MHIA/TIC consortium will also be responsible for engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of the CO2 capture system and its ancillary facilities.

JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration president and CEO Shunsaku Miyake said: "We are very excited and proud to participate in this epoch-making project in the US which will be able to vitalize the legacy oil fields and to produce a significant amount of oil that might not have been produced without this project, while reducing the footprint to the global environment at the same time."

Image: The WA Parish plant showing the carbon capture facility. Photo: courtesy of Business Wire.

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