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DOE testing 150,000-ton carbon storage project

20 July 2009– Two members of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership program plan to store 150,000 tons of CO2 captured from a coal-fired power plant, beginning in 2011.

Southern Company and the Southeast Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership (SECARB) said the storage project will capture CO2 from Alabama Power’s 2,657 MW Barry Plant near Mobile, transport it through pipelines and inject it into a saline reservoir 9,000 feet beneath the surface with oil-bearing formations above and below. A monitoring process will track the movement of the CO2 and make sure it is properly stored. Up to 150,000 tons of CO2 will be kept.

A conservative estimate by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology said the storage capacity for proposed formations in four southeastern states is 10 billion metric tons of CO2.

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