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Novatek prepares project to store CO2 in Yamal

Russian gas producer NOVATEK is proceeding with a project for carbon dioxide storage in western Siberia as part of efforts to act against climate change, the company’s CEO, Leonid Mikhelson, announced.

Mikhelson said the energy sector had not only to ensure its own development, but also assume responsibility for the state of the environment and that the carbon storage project in the Yamal peninsula region, where many of the company’s operations are based, would meet just such a need.

The energy sector must not only ensure as best it can that demand keeps growing, but also do the best it can to ease climate pressures,” he said in a video message to the 2020 LNG Producer-Consumer Conference.

In the forefront, this means implementing the Paris agreement on lowering emissions of greenhouse gases. And prices for energy resources must not act as a brake on economic growth. This year we have set new strategic environmental goals to be met by 2030. And that includes a project on CO2 storage on Yamal.”

Novatek, he said, intended to develop new energy technology actively – including industrial production of hydrogen.

“The world is not standing still. New directions are being developed for energy. And hydrogen is the next step in world energy development. I am certain that within 30 to 40 years, hydrogen will become a very important energy source with its own share of the energy balance,” Mikhelson said.

The least costly way of producing it is steam reforming of natural gas, but new technologies to produce it are emerging from gas and from electrolysis. At the moment, NOVATEK produces hydrogen for its own needs. At the same time, we are working at our plants on technology to produce hydrogen for promising markets.

The company, he said was seeking partners to develop joint projects involving hydrogen.

“I believe it is LNG producers who have the necessary financial, technical and commercial know-how to develop this market,” he told the conference.

Mikhelson said Japan had already made much progress in this area.

Japan already has fuelling infrastructure and mass production of vehicles powered by hydrogen,” he said. “Technologies are being tested for importing hydrogen from other countries and terminals are being set up to take on hydrogen.”

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