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New blog from the NCCCS: Collaboration in China

By Sarah Mackintosh, National Centre for Carbon Capture and Storage

China is fast becoming one of the world’s biggest CO2 emitters and is still building coal fired power stations at a staggering rate. However, China has also been implementing plans to reduce their carbon emissions. China’s 12th Five Year Plan (FYP) covering 2011-2015 has just been released and will help China to continue its ‘clean revolution’ over the next five years, with significant targets for low-carbon energy, energy efficiency and clean technology. It is expected that this plan will significantly bend China’s CO2 emissions in the coming 5 years.

My colleagues and I have just returned from a trip to China to discuss potential new collaborations. I spent some time at the University of Nottingham Ningbo Campus and then I travelled to Beijing and met with Tsinghua University and Shenhua power. I got the opportunity to learn more about the CCS projects in China. The following projects were discussed:

• The capture project in Beijing, which is run by the China Huaneg Group and captures 3000 tonnes per year using MEA’s. 
• The Huaneng Power Group post combustion capture project at Shanghai Shidongkou Power plant which captures 150,000 tons /year.
• The Chongqing Hechuan Shuanghuai Power Plant Project which can trap 10,000 tons of CO2 with purity over 99.5% annually.
• Shenhua Project: The Shenhua Group, China's biggest coal producer, has a CCS facility at its coal-to-liquids plant at Ordos in Inner Mongolia.
• Pilot program in Jilin oil field established by PetroChina – the first project on CO2 storage and utilization (Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) at Jilin Oilfield.
• GreenGen IGCC project Tianjin City, Bohai Rim, China.

Whilst on the visit to Tsinghua University we were asked why the UK did not yet have a demonstration project when we have been working in CCS so much longer than people in China. An interesting question! The pace of CCS development in China is certainly impressive and I think we will be able to learn from them when we start our own projects. I am certainly looking forward further collaboration with universities and industry in China.

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Hi Viola,
"we were asked why the UK did not yet have a demonstration project when we have been working in CCS so much longer than people in China. An interesting question! "

What did you tell them?
Posted on 26/09/14 19:27.
I think it was Sarah MacIntosh who went to China, so I should have said what did she tell them.
I've read that China produces more engineers per year than the total number of engineers in the UK.
I was Senior Electrical Engineer with Kuwait Oil Company when China Petroleum built us a new gathering centre...very impressive, beating off all the western competition, and completed on time.
Perhaps greed and incompetence in high places, with a serious shortage of practical engineering skills would be a suitable answer.
Posted on 26/09/14 19:33.

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