Newsroom - Aug 3, 2022
IGS Facilitating a Carbon Capture and Storage Project
“CCS is a necessity, not an option” concluded the committee on Climate Change in May 2019. Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) is a collection of technologies used to prevent carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from entering the atmosphere. Carbon Capture technology can be used on any large source of CO2 but is most often associated with capturing CO2 from industrial processes, which can include hydrogen production from natural gas and power generation.
During the process, CO2 is captured at its source and transported to be permanently stored in rock formations at least a kilometre under the ground.
In its recommendations to governments on how the UK and Scotland can reach their Net Zero greenhouse gas emission targets, the UK Committee on Climate Change has stated that developing carbon capture and storage technology and low-carbon hydrogen is a necessity, not an option.
About the Carbon Capture Project
Acorn CCS is a Carbon Capture and Storage project specifically designed to overcome one of the acknowledged blockers to CCS deployment in the UK –the high capital costs involved in getting started.
Based at the St Fergus gas terminal in Northeast Scotland, Acorn CCS can repurpose existing gas pipelines to take CO2 directly to the Acorn CO2 storage site. With this important pipeline infrastructure already in place, Acorn CCS can get started using existing CO2 emissions–captured directly from the gas processing units at the St Fergus gas terminal.
Process Vessels Used in the Acorn Carbon Capture and Storage Project
The process of Carbon Capture and Storage will utilize several newly built process vessels which will use an Monoethanolamine (MEA) amine process to strip out the CO2. These vessels will be transported in sections/modules and assembled onsite.
Process Vessel Corrosion Protection
Manufactured from carbon steel these vessels, once onsite, would typically be installed with 316L stainless steel cladding. Due to challenges around pricing and availability of the cladding, the EPC contractor has researched alternative solutions and has evaluated High Velocity Thermal Spray (HVTS) alloy cladding as a viable corrosion protection system alternative.
HVTS in MEA Amine Process Vessels
Integrated Global Services (IGS) has more than 20 years of experience protecting more than 300 MEA amine process vessels with extensive references in the Middle East, Europe, Africa, and North America.
Benefits of HVTS
HVTS offers several benefits compared to welding. It is a faster process that does not require any heat treatment and can safely and easily be applied on site in the field.
In contrast to organic coating alternatives, HVTS offers a more robust, longer lasting protection which does not require frequent reapplication. High nobility alloys withstand extremely high operating temperatures including during equipment steam out and do not have the issue of cure times or strict environmental controls during application.
HVTS Key Features