UAE to host re­gion’s 1st car­bon cap­ture plant


The Mid­dle East’s first fac­tory to suck car­bon diox­ide out of the air has be­gun op­er­at­ing in the United Arab Emi­rates, de­vel­op­ers and a min­is­ter said yes­ter­day. The plant-said to be the first of its kind in the Mid­dle East and North Africa-is to cap­ture up to 800,000 tons of CO2 a year, the Car­bon Cap­ture Com­pany Al Reyadah said. It will cap­ture CO2 emis­sions from ma­jor steel pro­ducer Emi­rates Steel In­dus­tries (ESI) in Abu Dhabi, be­fore in­ject­ing the gas into the emi­rate’s oil­fields to boost pro­duc­tion there, it said.

“Once it’s ready in terms of CO2 emis­sions, it will be like tak­ing 170,000 cars off the streets,” UAE En­ergy Min­is­ter Suhail Al-Mazrouei said. The min­is­ter said the project had been un­der study “for a very long time” and cost around 450 mil­lion dirhams ($120 mil­lion/110 mil­lion eu­ros). Sci­en­tists say car­bon cap­ture is a good so­lu­tion to de­crease emis­sions of car­bon diox­ide, a heat-trap­ping gas that con­trib­utes to cli­mate change. Sim­i­lar projects to cap­ture CO2 are un­der way in other coun­tries in­clud­ing in Saudi Ara­bia. — AFP

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