Climate disruption is already having diverse and wide ranging impacts on Ireland's environment, society, economic and natural resources. Ervia is working to support Ireland’s Climate Action Plan.
Our goal is to move Ireland towards a cleaner energy future working with other sectors to reduce CO2 emissions from the electricity, heating, industry, agriculture and transport sectors. We're assessing the role Carbon Capture and Storage can play in helping Ireland to meet its climate action targets.
Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) is a proven technology that captures up to 100% of carbon dioxide (CO2) produced by major industries and electricity generation, preventing it from entering the atmosphere and causing climate change. The captured CO2 is conditioned, compressed, and transported for permanent storage deep underground.
CCS can assist in abating CO2 emissions generated by high temperature heat production, energy production and capturing the emissions from large point sources generated from industrial processes.Find out more about carbon storage
As required by the Government’s Climate Action Plan 2019 (Action 33), a Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Policy and Project Feasibility Steering Group (CCS SG) was established and led by the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications (DECC) to examine and oversee the feasibility of the utilisation of CCS in Ireland; reporting to the Oireachtas Standing Committee on Climate Action, as appropriate.
Ervia was tasked by the CCS SG with preparing an initial feasibility study in 2019 and a subsequent technical report, which was submitted in 2021 to the Steering Group. The purpose of the report was to assess the feasibility of CCS for deployment in Ireland against four criteria, and sub-criteria, which has been developed by the CCS SG. However, it should be noted that this report is based on facts at that date; and the information used to derive the conclusions of this report are now out of date, and should not be used as the basis for any commercial decisions.
Following on from the successful award of project of common interest PCI 12.6 (Ervia Carbon Capture Utilisation and Storage CCUS) Ervia were successful in an application to the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) fund to undertake a Pre Front End Engineering Design (Pre-FEED) study of potential emitter clusters in Cork and Dublin. The study involved a detailed assessment of the key infrastructure required to develop a network to transport gaseous CO2 which has been captured by emitter sites. The CO2 would then be transported to either a local CO2 storage facility or to a central processing facility where it would be liquefied and temporarily stored for loading onto ships for transport by ship to a permanent storage site. Ervia appointed RPS and their partner Bechtel to undertake this work in 2021.
The objective of this study was to develop a process design basis to enable the production of an AACE Class 4 cost estimate for each location. The shipping studies of the transportation of the CO2, modelling of the of the envisaged CO2 gathering network and actual vendor pricing for all major equipment were essential to optimising overall project configuration.
The study has resulted in a detailed understanding of the transportation & storage aspects of CCS , the associated costs in Ireland and can be readily transferred to other CCS projects which require the transportation, liquefaction, temporary storage, and shipping of CO2 from other emitter clusters. The report and summary presentation are available.
Ervia are part of a Horizon 2020 – Realise which is funded study in partnership along with 16 other partners to decarbonise refineries through CCUS.
The REALISE CCUS project unites industry experts and scientists from different nations in a concerted drive to support the refinery sector’s decarbonisation ambitions. The research, funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 programme, focuses on the full CCUS chain – from CO2 capture, transport and geological CO2 storage to CO2 reuse – for specific clusters which include refineries and other industries. Our results will support CCUS delivery by demonstrating the technology, enabling sizeable cost-reductions, undertaking public engagement and assessing financial, political and regulatory barriers, find out more here.