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Japan Launches First Operational Underground Carbon Capture and Storage Facility

Japan launches its first underground carbon capture and storage facility in Tomakomai, Hokkaido, marking a major milestone in the country's efforts to reduce GHGs.

KJ Staff
Japan Launches First Operational Underground Carbon Capture and Storage Facility (Representational Image: Pixabay)
Japan Launches First Operational Underground Carbon Capture and Storage Facility (Representational Image: Pixabay)

Japan has launched its first operational underground carbon capture and storage (CCS) facility to combat greenhouse gas emissions in Tomakomai, Hokkaido. This facility, a major milestone in the nation's decarbonization strategy, is led by Japan CCS (JCCS), a consortium of power and oil companies, and represents Japan's first large-scale CCS initiative.

Operational since 2016, the Tomakomai facility has successfully captured and stored approximately 300,000 tons of carbon dioxide. The captured CO2, originating from a nearby oil refinery, is injected over 1,000 meters beneath the seabed through wells drilled from land. Continuous monitoring by JCCS has ensured safe and secure storage with no leaks detected over the past years.

To further support the expansion of CCS technology, Japan recently enacted the CCS Business Act. This new legislation aims to foster a conducive environment for developing and implementing CCS technologies nationwide.

The recent unveiling of advanced carbon separation, capture, and storage equipment marks a successful demonstration of CCS technology in Japan, according to Carbon Herald. This achievement is poised to pave the way for wider adoption of CCS as a viable solution to address climate change.

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