ADM Begins Carbon Capture WorkHerald & Review (Decatur, IL) -- DECATUR -- February 20, 2009 -- Drilling began this week for a carbon dioxide injection well as part of an $84.3 million project beneath Archer Daniels Midland Co. property.
No objections were filed before a late January deadline for an Illinois Environmental Protection Agency permit approving the process. That clears the way for the drilling equipment to be moved into place, said Sallie Greenberg, Illinois Geological Survey communications coordinator.
The project is intended to capture carbon dioxide from ADM's ethanol plant, convert it into liquid and pump it underground for storage before it's emitted into the atmosphere. The U.S. Department of Energy expects 1 million tons of carbon dioxide from the plant to be injected over a three-year period, beginning in early 2010.
The project is intended to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide that contributes to global warming.
Developing technologies for capturing and storing carbon dioxide emitted by power plants is a crucial initiative for electricity generators and coal companies, with federal legislation to limit greenhouse-gas emissions expected as soon as this year, according to the Department of Energy.
The department, which is dedicating $66.7 million over seven years for the ADM project, has formed seven regional partnerships to advance carbon capture and storage initiatives. The Midwest Geological Sequestration Consortium, which is spearheading the ADM project, is the first partnership to begin drilling an injection well.
The Midwest consortium is investigating the carbon storage potential of the Illinois Basin of the Mount Simon Sandstone, a 60,000 square-mile formation that underlies most of Illinois, southwestern Indiana and western Kentucky. Geologists estimate the basin could store up to 109 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide.
Author: Chris Lusvardi, Herald & Review, Decatur, Ill., email@example.com, 421-7972
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