(MENAFN - Qatar News Agency) QAFAC announced that its Carbon Dioxide Recovery (CDR) project at its Mesaieed plant is scheduled to be
commissioned in October 2014.
QAFAC will recover 500 tons per day of CO2, a greenhouse gas, from its Methanol Reformer stack and will inject it into its existing Methanol process to enhance the production capacity of Methanol, the company said in a press release published on Sunday at Qatar Exchange website.
With the initiation of this project, QAFAC has demonstrated its strong desire to be a leader in decreasing industrial greenhouse gases and to play a front line role as an environmentally conscious company. About 500 tons per day CO2 will be separated and recovered from the flue gas using MHI s proprietary process.
QAFAC is a petrochemical company established in 1990 with headquarters in Doha. The company produces around 1 million MT per year of Methanol and 610,000 MT per year of Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether (MTBE). This CDR project will be one of the world s largest commercial scale CO2 capture plants.
Methanol is produced at the plant from natural gas supplied by QP. Circa 25%-35% of Methanol is utilised to produce MTBE and the remaining 75%-65% is exported for various downstream products. MTBE is used as a gasoline additive that gives a clean burning fuel to reduce exhaust pollution generated by motor vehicles and also eliminates the need to blend Tetra Ethyl Lead to the gasoline. This produces unleaded gasoline. Methanol can also be used to blend with gasoline as a cleaner fuel.
QAFAC appointed MIES (Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engineering & Services Private Ltd., of Singapore) as EPC contractor on 2nd February, 2012.
MHI's CO2 recovery technology is known as the KM CDR Process. It uses the company' s proprietary KS-1 solvent for CO2 absorption and desorption.