Carbon capture and storage research programs advancing

ADM is participating in two major research studies to determine whether carbon dioxide generated by industrial processes can be captured and stored permanently in underground rock formations, rather than being released into the atmosphere.

The research is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Geological Survey, the Illinois State Geological Survey, Richland Community College, and Schlumberger Carbon Services.

The first project, the Illinois Basin-Decatur project, is validating the use of the Mount Simon Sandstone a saltwater-bearing rock formation that runs underneath the company’s Decatur, Illinois, processing complex for geologic storage of carbon dioxide. Since operations began in November 2011, approximately 500,000 tons of carbon dioxide from ADM’s Decatur ethanol plant have been captured and injected into the formation. The project’s goal is to capture and store 1 million tons by the end of 2014.

The second project, the Illinois-Industrial Carbon Capture & Sequestration Project, is designed to demonstrate the economic feasibility of capturing and storing commercial-scale volumes of carbon dioxide within the Mount Simon Sandstone. ADM is seeking permit approval, and we plan to complete the construction of the compression, dehydration, transmission, and storage facilities and begin injection by the middle of 2014.

“We at ADM are proud to be a part of a team dedicated to the development of technologies that have the potential to significantly reduce industrial greenhouse gas emissions not just at ADM, but at industrial operations worldwide,” says Scott McDonald, director, Biofuels Development.

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