METI Minister Seko Visits Site of CCS Demonstration Project
August 23, 2019
On August 21, 2019, NEDO Chairman Hiroaki Ishizuka accompanied Mr. Hiroshige Seko, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, on the Minister's visit to the site of the Tomakomai CCS Demonstration Project* in the city of Tomakomai, Hokkaido Prefecture. President Shoichi Ishii of Japan CCS Co., Ltd., the company entrusted by NEDO to carry out this project, provided an overview of project activities.
Carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS) technology is important to successfully address global warming issues and achieve energy security. With that in mind, the Japanese government called for activities to promote CCS technology in its Long-term Strategy under the Paris Agreement adopted in June 2019.
In the Tomakomai CCS Demonstration Project, carbon dioxide is captured from emitted gas from the refinery's hydrogen production unit, and then injected and stored underground at a depth of over 1000 meters. By the end of fiscal year (FY) 2019, the cumulative amount of carbon dioxide stored under this project is expected to reach 300,000 tons. In the future, NEDO will continue to promote the practical implementation of CCS technology in cooperation with METI and other relevant organizations.
*Note: This project was carried out by METI from FY2009 until FY2017, and was transferred to NEDO as of FY2018.
METI Minister Seko and NEDO Chairman Ishizuka participating in group discussion