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Topsoe to help Essar Oil UK capture industrial carbon


Essar Oil UK has signed on Denmark-based Topsoe as a technology licensor for its carbon capture facility, based in Stanlow, North West England.

Topsoe, a global provider of carbon emission reduction solutions, will provide its sustainable flue-gas treatment technology SNOX, the company said in a statement.

The SNOX technology helps refineries and power plants remove sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, and particulates from flue gases.

This will help Essar Oil UK’s $1.2 billion investment in decarbonizing the refinery by reducing 2 million tons of CO2 (95%) emissions, making it the world’s first low-carbon refinery and a producer of low-carbon fuels.

“The industrial carbon capture facility, combined with our upcoming hydrogen fuel switching project, will reduce the refinery’s CO2 emissions by 95%. Topsoe is a valuable partner in this endeavor. With Topsoe SNOX technology we are getting a well-proven and highly sustainable flue-gas treatment,” said Deepak Maheshwari, CEO of Essar Oil UK.

Essar’s overall decarbonization strategy plans to reduce refinery emissions with two projects– industrial carbon capture (ICC) announced at Stanlow in November 2022, aims to be operational by 2028. The project will result in an annual emissions reduction of 1 million tons of CO2 and hydrogen fuel switching from natural gas to hydrogen as a fuel source, resulting in an annual emissions reduction of 1 million tons of CO2.With the selection of Topsoe and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, the company said it has identified most of its technology partners and is ready to progress to the project’s front-end engineering design (FEED) phase. Development of the basic engineering design packages (BEDP) for the licensed technologies is already ongoing.


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