Enabling the energy transition
Carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) are essential for enabling the global energy transition as we become smarter and more innovative in the way we manufacture, generate electricity and live our day-to-day lives while decreasing dependency on fossil fuels.
For more than 20 years, Bechtel has supported customers in the US, UK and Europe develop carbon capture solutions for the energy generation sector. To date, we have built more than 40 amine-based CO2/H2S removal systems for LNG plants, gas processing plants, and refineries, contributed to the National Petroleum Council’s ‘Meeting the dual challenge: A Roadmap to At-Scale Deployment of Carbon Capture, Use and Storage.’
Innovation and constant refining of CCUS technology is necessary to improve efficiencies, reduce cost and accelerate deployment. We continue to work closely with the Department of Energy and top research universities to develop our understanding of and approaches to CCUS. In 2016 our team was selected by the World Bank to assess six proprietary carbon capture technologies and we are currently working with the University of Sheffield, UK, to identify economical solutions to taking the carbon capture rate to above 95%.
Through patented processes and technology we help our customers reduce the power lost in capturing carbon by almost 65% and lower the overall capital cost for gas-fired plants by more than 30%.
Improving carbon capture technology
We deliver a best fit solutions for customers by combining our deep knowledge of flue gases with a technology-agnostic approach.
We actively leverage our knowledge and skills to develop scalable, economical solutions to the carbon challenge including a generic amine offering that has been optimized for energy balance and ongoing operational costs.
Integrated transport and storage
Carbon capture facilities can be retrofitted to existing plants and incorporated as part of new greenfield projects.
Carbon capture hubs, which transport carbon from multiple facilities to a final storage space, require infrastructure and collaboration between industry and municipalities in order to be successful.
These hubs incorporate carbon capture projects at multiple industrial emission sources and centralize transport via pipelines and ultimate storage onshore or offshore.
Expertise in the technologies employed to capture, transport, and utilize carbon dioxide is critical for establishing an efficient and economically viable facility.
The CCUS sector is strongly focused on project delivery, emphasized by a dramatic increase in activity. In this year's CCUS conference, the UK Government and industry partners set out progress on CCU by demonstrating commitment to meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement ahead of COP27 in Egypt in November.
Follow how Paul Marsden, president of Bechtel Energy, engaged partners in a discussion on the scale of the supply change opportunity for UK CCUS.
- Focus Session 1: Will the CCUS supply chain be ready in time?
- This session focused on the opportunities, milestones and actions needed to ensure a healthy supply chain is developed to meet Government CCUS and net zero ambitions, delivering the UK with strong first mover competitive advantage in CCUS supply chain capability and capacity, alongside export potential.
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How we can help
Bechtel is supporting our customers in bioenergy projects, which combine biomass feedstocks with carbon capture and sequestration to produce clean energy.
Technology and innovation
Our Energy Technologies & Solutions team collaborates with customers to assess, select, and pilot the best traditional technologies and develop new solutions.
Onshore and offshore transportation
Bechtel has more than 120 years of offshore and onshore pipeline experience and extensive gas-gathering expertise. We work with our customers to engage the community and ensure a broad understanding of project benefits, community impact, construction processes, and schedules.
Understanding evolving carbon taxation and its impact on project financing decisions can be challenging. Bechtel provides the technology options, execution experience, and highest impact decarbonization solutions to provide a complete assessment of the financing required to pursue lower carbon emissions.
Compression and storage
Our retrofit experts analyze energy efficiency to determine the potential upgrades needed to improve carbon capture. In some cases, CO2 can be safely stored in geological sites.