Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has singed a license agreement for carbon dioxide (CO2) recovery technology with Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC) in Bahrain. The recovery plant is slated for completion on January 2010.
The recovery units can capture 450 metric tons of CO2 per day, one of the world's largest capacities for the chemical application. The technology to be licensed by MHI recovers CO2 from flue gas emitted during the methanol production process by absorbing CO2 into KS-1 proprietary solvent, which MHI jointly developed with Kansai Electric Power Company, Inc (Kansai EP). Captured CO2 will be used as feedstock for urea and methanol synthesis processes. The technology can recover approximately 90% of the CO2 in flue gas. GPIC was established in 1979 as a joint venture equally owned by the Government of the Kingdom of Bahrain, Saudi Basic Industries Corporation of Saudi Arabia and Petrochemical Industries Company, Kuwait.