• Japan planning to test CO2 shipping as alternative to pipeline transport

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      Patrick Lavery

      Combustion Industry News Editor

In further Japanese news, the country is planning to test the transport of captured carbon dioxide by ship. Much of the generation of carbon dioxide in Japan is on the Pacific Ocean side of the country, but the best storage areas are within the Sea of Japan, off the western coast, and shipping is seen as a potentially more economical way to transport captured carbon to the storage sites. To kick start the shipping trials, the Japanese government is to fund the building of specialist ships over the next few years which will initially transport carbon dioxide to a storage facility on the northern island of Hokkaido. These trials will form the basis of further investigation and development. An official of Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry has said that if the shipping is a success, Japan may in the future look to export carbon dioxide to other countries. With Japan relying heavily on fossil fuel-fired power generation, CCS is key to meeting the country’s Paris Agreement targets.