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MHI to License Flue Gas CO2 Recovery Technology to GPIC

Tuesday, Jan 08, 2008
Source: BNET
Article Type: Cited

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has signed a license agreement for CO2 recovery technology with Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC), a manufacturer of fertilizers and petrochemicals in Bahrain.

GPIC will use the technology to recover CO2 from flue gas emitted at its existing petrochemical plant and use the captured CO2 to increase urea and methanol production. The CO2 recovery plant is due to be completed by January 2010.

The technology recovers CO2 from flue gas emitted during the methanol production process by absorbing CO2 into the KS-1 proprietary solvent, which MHI jointly developed with Kansai Electric Power Company.

Captured CO2 will be used as feedstock for urea and methanol synthesis processes. The technology can recover approximately 90% of the CO2 in flue gas and up to 450 metric tons of CO2 per day.

Previously MHI delivered a urea fertilizer production plant with 1,700 mtpd (metric tons per day) production capacity to GPIC in 1998. The CO2 recovery system will also be used to increase production of that plant.

MHI's CO2 recovery technology, officially known as the "KM CDR Process" (Kansai-Mitsubishi Carbon Dioxide Recovery Process), was jointly developed with Kansai EP. MHI says it requires considerably lower energy consumption compared with other technology processes.

The first CDR plant, with a recovery capacity of 200 mtpd, was installed at Petronas Fertilizer in Malaysia in 1999.

In addition, MHI has provided technology to Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative Limited (IFFCO) for two 450 mtpd CDR units for its two urea production plants completed at the end of last year.

Last year, MHI also signed an agreement with Ruwais Fertilizer Industries (FERTIL) of the United Arab Emirates to provide CDR technology for urea production enhancement.

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