In PUTTING THE CARBON GENIE BACK, the CLIMATE CHALLENGE series goes global again.
Can technology on the grand scale solve the problem of the build-up of greenhouse gases? Richard Branson has just announced a US$25 million dollar prize for the best technological remedy for capturing greenhouse gas and locking it away safely.
In this programme, we look at a variety of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technologies that could provide solutions.
The Norwegian state oil and gas company Statoil is currently experimenting with injecting CO2 into a deep saline formation 800 metres below the North Sea.
The Dakota Gasification Company in the United States is dehydrating, compressing and piping CO2 to Canada to assist the extraction of oil in the North Dakotan Weyburn oil field.
The In-Salah Gas Project, a joint venture by Sonatrach, BP and Statoil, is testing out methods of storing CO2 in geological formations in the sandstone reservoirs of the Algerian central Saharan region.
But are these technologies truly “safe”, and will they be economically and ecologically viable in the long-term?