QatarEnergy, GE ink carbon capture pact

LNG producing giant QatarEnergy is joining forces with US conglomerate General Electric (GE) to collaborate on developing a carbon capture roadmap for the energy sector in Qatar.

In that regard, the two firms signed a memorandum of understanding to explore the feasibility of developing a “world-scale” carbon hub at Ras Laffan Industrial City, which as of today, is home to more than 80 GE gas turbines, according to a statement by QatarEnergy.

QatarEnergy has recently updated its sustainability strategy, which outlines multiple initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, including flagship initiatives such as the further deployment of carbon capture and sequestration technology to capture over 11 million tons per annum of CO2 in Qatar by 2035.

The LNG producing giant expects these projects to further reduce the carbon intensity of Qatar’s LNG facilities by 35 percent, and of its upstream facilities by 25 percent.

The roadmap includes the development of carbon capture and sequestration, the utilization of hydrogen, and the potential usage of ammonia in GE gas turbines to reduce their carbon emissions, it said.

QatarEnergy and its unit Qatargas are currently working on a huge expansion to boost LNG production in Ras Laffan.

In February last year, QatarEnergy took a final investment decision on the NFE project to boost Qatar’s annual LNG capacity from 77 million tons to 110 million tons.

The firm is developing a second phase to further boost capacity to 126 mtpa as well as additional expansions.

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