The South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) has joined the Global CCS Institute, an international think tank, whose mission is to accelerate the deployment of carbon capture and storage (CCS), a vital technology to tackle climate change and deliver climate neutrality. This move is to enhance the activities of the South African Centre for Carbon Capture and Storage (SACCCS), a division of SANEDI.
The Institute’s diverse international membership includes governments, global corporations, private companies, research bodies and non-governmental organisations; all of whom are committed to CCS as an integral part of a net-zero emissions future.
“As a Founding Member of the Global CCS, we are very proud that SANEDI has joined such an organisation,” says Barry Bredenkamp, General Manager, Energy Efficiency for SANEDI. “SACCCS has received much benefit from the membership, including financial support for some of the CCS work in South Africa.
“The South African government has pledged to reduce its total CO2 emissions and several strategies have been proposed to achieve these targets, including energy efficiency, renewable energy, nuclear, cleaner mobility and carbon capture and storage (CCS) amongst others.
“The CCS technology has been tested and demonstrated globally and is being successfully implemented in many projects around the world. SACCCS has been mandated to investigate the technical feasibility of CCS in South Africa and has made some progress towards the implementation of a Pilot CO2 Storage Project (PCSP) that will be a proof of concept for CCS in South Africa.”
“In order to guide the research into CCS in the country, a CCS roadmap was developed, comprising of five stages and endorsed by the Cabinet in 2012.
“The Pilot CO2 Monitoring Project (PMP) was implemented to build capacity in CO2 monitoring. One of the requirements of implementing the PCSP is that baseline monitoring would have to be done at the site identified for the project before, during and after construction, to ensure that there are no CO2 leaks from the geological formation.
“This has been implemented at a natural CO2 release area in Bongwana in KwaZulu-Natal. So far, atmospheric, water and soil CO2 levels have been monitored throughout the different seasons. In addition to capacity building, the aim of the PMP is to come up with CO2 monitoring protocols that will be used during the implementation of the PCSP and other stages of the CCS Roadmap.
“In preparation for the PCSP and other stages of the CCS Roadmap, a Carbon Capture Pilot Plant (CCPP) is being investigated, the first stage of which is a technical assessment supported by the World Bank. The aim of the project is to establish a post-combustion CO2 Capture Plant at a coal-fired power plant.
“The facility must be designed to accommodate South African conditions, ie it must have low water consumption, make use of renewable energy in order to reduce the energy penalty on the host plant and be used as a capacity building facility for the country. SANEDI recently participated at an international Post-Combustion Capture Retrofit Workshop held in University of Sheffield from 9-12 April 2019.
“SANEDI hosts the biennial CCS conferences that assist in updating stakeholders on progress, while also giving them an opportunity to engage with CCS experts on the benefits and challenges of the CCS technology. So far, five conferences have been hosted successfully, with the next one scheduled for February 2020.
“SANEDI looks forward to working with the Global CCS Institute to drive the adoption of CCS, as quickly and cost effectively as possible, so that this this vital technology can play its part in reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” concludes Bredenkamp.