• South Africa moves a step closer to first CCS scheme, scheduled to begin operations in 2023

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      Patrick Lavery

      Combustion Industry News Editor

South Africa’s Council for Geoscience has begun mapping a storage site for the country’s first carbon capture and storage scheme, which is due to begin operating in 2023, as Reuters reports. The site is located in the north-east of the country, near the town of Leandra in Mpumalanga province, which is home to a number of large coal-fired power plants and the world’s largest coal-to-liquids fuel plant. The country sees the technology as a means of extending the use of coal in the country, as Council for Geoscience executive David Khoza explained: “South Africa will still be using coal for a very long time, so… we need to try and use it responsibly to limit CO2 emissions.” A US$23 million grant from the World Bank is helping to finance the project, which will involve a pipeline from major emitting sources to the injection site.