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MANAMA: The Middle East's first carbon dioxide recovery plant has been opened at the Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC).
The $55 million facility at the company's Sitra facility was formally inaugurated by GPIC chairman and adviser to the Prime Minister for oil and industrial affairs Shaikh Isa bin Ali Al Khalifa, in the presence of board members, company officials and guests.
He said the unit can capture 450 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide per day, which is one of the world's largest capacities.
"The captured gas will later be used as feedstock for urea and methanol synthesis procedures in the process recovering approximately 90 per cent of the gas expelled.
MANAMA: With the opening of the world's largest carbon dioxide (CO2) recovery plant at Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC) Complex in Sitra, GPIC has become the first petrochemical company in the Middle East to use this advance technology to recycle carbon emissions.
According to details, the $55 million GPIC project aims at cutting down over 90 percent greenhouse gas emissions and improving overall efficiency.
"The GPIC has become the first petrochemical company in the Middle East to use such environmentally friendly technology. And this is yet another milestone towards the company's commitment to a clean environment," Sheikh Isa bin Ali Al-Khalifa adviser to the prime minister for oil and industrial affairs and GPIC board Chairman told the audience during the opening ceremony of the plant.
The recovery unit can capture 450 metric tons of CO2 per day, one of the world's largest capacity units for the chemical application. Captured CO2 will be used as feedstock for urea and methanol synthesis processes. The technology can recover approximately 90 percent of the CO2 in flue gas.