GE Gorgon – To Pump 3.3 Million Tons Of CO2 Into Ground

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To help lower the global warming impact of one of the world’s largest natural gas fields, General Electric has supplied Chevron, Exxon Mobile and Shell with enough compression “trains”–the pumps and turbines that do the sequestering–to create the world’s largest carbon sequestration project. The trains will pump 3.3 million tons of CO2 released from natural gas mining back into the ground every year. That’s the equivalent of taking 630,000 cars off the road.

The project, called Gorgon, won’t go online for a couple of years, and GE won’t begin building the equipment trains for at least another year or two. Once built, the trains will redirect the CO2 back into an underground chamber 1.5 miles under the ocean.


3 Responses to “GE Gorgon – To Pump 3.3 Million Tons Of CO2 Into Ground”

  1. Mrs manohar

    Can we not spend this money instead on setting up a solar plant or a wind farm? The world gets clean energy and does not depend on fossil fuel.

  2. Nicolle

    How does Gorgon work? In a nutshell, gas is extracted from the earth, stripped of any lingering carbon dioxide, and the remaining methane gets refrigerated to minus 160 degrees Celsius to turn it into a liquid for shipping. When it arrives at its destination, the liquid gets transformed back into a gas for pipeline distribution. (Gas-to-liquid or GTL, by contrast, involves chemically transforming methane into a liquid fuel for cars that remains a liquid at normal temperatures.)

    GE will produce three refrigerated compression trains for condensing methane into a liquid and six compression trains for injecting the carbon dioxide. The equipment will be made in Italy and shipped in 2011 and 2012.

  3. Nicolle

    The sequestration project, of course, won’t have any effect on the greenhouse gases produced after the methane gets burned. Methane, though, is cleaner than coal, generating about half of the greenhouse gases, and less expensive at the moment than alternative sources of energy. Gas is also highly efficient when burned directly for cooking or heating. Overall, Gorgon will curb an estimated 45 million tons of greenhouse gases annually when coal abatement is added.

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