MOL Starts R&D on Large Scale Liquefied CO2 Carrier
Mitsui OSK Lines announced that the company will launch research and development on adoption of a large-scale liquefied carbon dioxide carrier to complete the basic design under a project entrusted to Japan CCS Co Ltd from Japan's New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization. To start R&D and demonstration projects to safely transport large volume of CO2 emitted from factories and thermal power plants to areas, where use and store CO2, at low costs, with a view of Carbon dioxide Capture, Utilization and Storage technology to be implemented in the society around 2030, on March 31, NEDO publicly called for proposals on a CCUS R&D and Demonstration Related Project / Large-scale CCUS Demonstration Project in Tomakomai / Demonstration Project on CO2 Transportation. JCSS, the Engineering Advancement Association of Japan, Itochu Corporation, and Nippon Steel Corporation jointly applied and were selected for the demonstration project. JCCS in turn is to entrust MOL with R&D on adoption of a large-scale CO2 carrier to the society, which is part of the project assigned to JCCS by NEDO. MOL is to participate in this project in order to contribute to the realization of a low- and de-carbonized society.
MOL entered the liquefied CO2 ocean transport business by investing in Norway-based Larvik Shipping AS. It will further accelerate its initiatives in the field through its role in the NEDO demonstration project as it aims to achieve group-wide net zero emissions by 2050, which is stated in its "MOL Group Environmental Vision 2.1."
Outline of the demonstration project
(1) Project names - CCUS research and development/demonstration project/Large-scale CCS demonstration project in Tomakomai/Demonstration test related to CO2 transport
(2) Research & Development (R&D) items –
R&D to establish the technology to transport liquefied CO2 by vessel
Demonstration test of annually transporting 10,000-ton scale of CO2 by vessel
Feasibility study of ship transport with the purpose of CCUS
(3) Project period FY2021-2026 (plan)
(4) Organizations planned to be entrusted from NEDO - JCSS, Engineering Advancemen Association of Japan, Itochu Corporation, and Nippon Steel Corporation
(5) Project MOL re-entrusted from JCCS R&D on the large-size liquefied CO2 carrier to be put into practical use
Engineering Advancement Association of Japan - Coordination of R&D and demonstration project for C02 marine transportation Take charge of planning, evaluation, analysis and coordination of R&D and demonstration project of liquefied C02 carrier based on advanced research of C02 transportation technology, which started as the NEDO project "Conceptual design of C02 transportation system" since 2008.
Nippon Gas Line Co Ltd - R&D of marine transportation, and Operation and Ship manaaement of the demonstration liauefied C02 carrier Take charge of developing safe and efficient liquefied C02 marine transportation technology, and operating and managing the demonstration liquefied C02 carrier based on 60-year experience of pressurized liquefied gas carriers (as one of the largest domestic ship operator specialized in LPG carrier).
Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd - Safety / environmental evaluation of the demonstration liquefied C02 carrier Promote R&D of the demonstration liquefied C02 carrier with extensive experience of ocean-going liquefied gas vessels. Conduct a safety / environmental evaluation in consideration of regulatory surrounding international liquefied gas carriers and establish technical guidelines.
Ochanomizu University - Research of liquefied C02 pressure control and stability Conduct basic research of C02 physical properties under nonequilibrium conditions and dry-ice phenomenon during marine transportation with experience in studying non-equilibrium phenomena of reactive fluid