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Dastur to design and evaluate techno-economic feasibility of CCUS project at Koyali refinery

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Dastur International, Inc., along with its affiliate Dastur Energy Inc. and M. N. Dastur & Co (P) Ltd. (Dastur); Air Liquide Global E&C Solutions; and the Bureau of Economic Geology (BEG) at the University of Texas at Austin, have been selected to carry out the design and feasibility for India’s largest industrial carbon capture and utilisation (CCUS) project at the 13.7 million tpy Koyali refinery of Indian Oil Corp. Ltd (IOCL).

Dastur is the prime contractor and will lead the project.

According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), industrial greenhouse gases (GHG) from steel, cement, fertilizer plants and refineries make up more than a quarter of all GHGs and are practical targets for implementing CCUS. Enhanced oil recovery (EOR) is a major use of CO2 to increase an oilfield’s recovery from about 40% to 70% of original oil in place, while also storing the CO2 permanently underground.

IOCL is India’s leading refiner, operating 11 of the country’s 23 refineries. The refinery at Koyali, near Vadodara, is its flagship refinery, and has the potential to capture over 5000 tpd or more than 1.5 million tpy of CO2 for large scale EOR operations. The CO2 captured from its hydrogen generation units will be primarily used for EOR at the Oil and Natural Gas Commission’s (ONGC) oilfield at Gandhar, Gujarat, near Koyali. The project will examine the technical viability, economic cost and feasibility of capturing CO2; develop technical specifications, designs and plans; review and identify necessary approvals and permits required; and analyse the environmental benefits of the CCUS project. In addition to EOR and food and beverage applications, it will consider various alternative applications for the captured CO2 to make the project technically and economically feasible.

Shri S.S.V. Ramakumar, Director (R&D) and Board member of IOCL said: "This sustainability initiative from IOCL is probably the first of its kind industrial scale carbon capture project in a large refinery in India. IOCL hopes to capture over 250-500 thousand tons of CO2 in a year initially and to use the CO2 for cost-effectively enhancing oil production from ONGC’s oil fields. In this ambitious and path breaking project, we were pleased to receive global interest from many global firms. We are happy that Dastur Energy along with Air Liquide and the UT Austin, Bureau of Economic Geology will help us analyse and design not only a state-of-the-art commercial scale capture system, but also an economically viable model of carbon capture that can be a fore runner for CCUS in India.”

The project is funded by the United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), as part of its mission to promote the development of sustainable infrastructure projects and fostering economic growth in partner countries like India. “This project is an ideal example of the groundbreaking work USTDA supports and makes possible,” said Todd Abrajano, Chief Operating Officer and Head of the Agency. “This innovative solution – the first of its kind in India – is showing how American technology can help reduce GHG emissions in refinery operations while enhancing the energy security of India through EOR.”

Atanu Mukherjee, President and Chief Executive Officer of Dastur, said: “Close on the heels of our recent US Department of Energy win to implement industrial carbon capture at Arcelor Mittal Burns Harbor USA and a landmark project at a Middle East national oil major to implement carbon capture for the lowest cost EOR, I am delighted that Dastur will be able to apply its expertise along with Air Liquide and UT-BEG, to chart the path for the first CCUS project in India of this magnitude. Industrial scale carbon capture and utilisation through EOR can be an economically attractive model for India in reducing carbon emissions, enhancing energy security and contributing to the vision of an Atma Nirbhar Bharat.”

Dastur will draw upon its Austin, Texas-based affiliate Dastur Energy’s intellectual property and capabilities in the areas of energy engineering, carbon capture, EOR, energy supply chains, energy economics, and low-carbon fuels for conceiving and designing this project.

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