Japanese And Australian Firms Team Up To Create A Marine LCO2 Transport System

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A cross-sectoral consortium will explore the low-pressure and low-temperature transport of liquefied carbon dioxide (LCO2) by ships, reports engine online.

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The consortium includes Australian non-profit organisation Future Energy Exports and investment firm Low Emission Technology Australia (LETA). It also includes oil major JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration, shipping major Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) and domestic gas retailer Osaka Gas from Japan.

According to MOL, current designs of LCO2 carriers have limited storage volume due to their operating pressure of 18 bar and temperature of -26°C.

“However, there is no record of liquefied CO2 transportation by ship under low pressure and low temperature conditions. Therefore, it is necessary to address operational risks and enhance the likelihood of technical feasibility,” it added.


In the first phase of the project, the group will study the characteristics of LCO2 under different operating conditions. Based on the data, it will design pilot-scale carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) demonstration tests.

The technology will “enable transport of commercial quantities of CO2 from industrial facilities in Asia to storage locations in Australia”, said LETA’s chief executive Mark McCallum.

“Low pressure and low temperature liquified CO2 is an essential technology for economical CO2 transport. We expect to gain knowledge for handling CO2 under this demonstration condition which we have not experienced before,” said Osaka Gas’ associate director Norio Hatanaka.

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