Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Knowledge sharing in Mexico

Energy 2050 Research Associate, Dr Maria Elena Diego de Paz joined colleagues from the UK Centre for Carbon Capture and Storage (UKCCSRC) to deliver expert workshops as part of a week-long Training Programme in CO2 capture, use and storage (CCUS) in Mexico.

The workshops, held in January 2018, came at a pertinent time for Mexico as natural gas power with post-combustion capture is a major area of interest for the country, which has ambitious greenhouse gas emissions and economic growth targets.

Dr Diego de Paz, whose research involves CO2 capture for power and industrial process, gave talks on post-combustion CCS and CO2 capture in natural gas combined cycles, to delegates from the power generation, cement, steel and petrochemical industries and also fellow researchers and students.

As part of a global drive to accelerate cost reduction in CCS, the Mexican government recently completed a Pre-Feasibility study into developing a pilot plant for a natural gas combined cycle power station (Poza Rica), with plans for construction due to commence in the next few years.

As Dr Diego de Paz explains: “CCUS is an active area of research, and many efforts are being directed into reducing the costs of CCS systems. As researchers, we need to improve the 1st generation technologies that already exist and develop the emerging technologies, which can help further reduce the energy penalties and costs of CO2 capture processes.”

The workshop was coordinated by the Mexican Energy Secretary (SENER) as part of the activities related to the implementation of CCUS technologies, and funded with the support from the World Bank and Fondo de Hidrocarburos. Other sessions were facilitated by Professor Jon Gibbins (Director, UKCCSRC), Bill Elliot (Betchel), Dr Laura Herraiz Palomino (University of Edinburgh) and Dr Bruce Adderley (Executive Manager, UKCCSRC).

Pictured: Delegates outside the offices of the Mexican Electricity Commission (CFE) – Mexico City (CDMX, Mexico).

Dr Diego de Paz hopes that workshops like these will encourage interest in CCS, and that knowledge sharing practices across countries will advance CCS technology at a faster rate.

She added: “It’s important to get developing countries engaged in these initiatives if we are to advance knowledge and build a large network of researchers. It is our hope that these workshops can be used as a model for rolling out similar CCS events for other countries.”

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