The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of China, Yanchang Petroleum Group and Northwest University to provide $5.5m technical assistance for carbon capture and storage (CCS) project.

The technical assistance will be used in front-end engineering design of the CCS demonstration project to be built Yanchang.

Part of the technical assistance will also be used for feasibility study; environmental and social impact assessments, and monitoring.

It will support a team of experts at the Joint Engineering Research Center at Northwest University who will be designing a comprehensive strategy for the PRC to promote CCS.

Yanchang CCS project was planned following pilot study that started in 2012 which will help in cutting one million tonnes CO2 per year,

It will be first such CCS project to be built in China designed to abate CO2 emission of nearly 220,000 cars.

The CSS project was planned to control carbon emission in China as carbon-based fuel generates over 85% to energy out of which coal share is over 70%.

CSS claimed to help in avoiding 90% of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from carbon-fuel based power plants and industries.

ADB East Asia regional department energy division director Ashok Bhargava said: “Large-scale demonstration of CCS in a carbon intensive economy such as the PRC could be game changing in the country’s management of emissions.”

NDRC had previously approached ADB to help in setting the roadmap for the demonstration and deployment of the project.

As China is the largest emitter of CO2, it is looking to delink its economic growth from carbon-based fuels consumption. It is encouraging all its provinces, cities, and enterprises to promote CCS in key sectors.

Image: ADB to finance $5.5m to NDRC in China on carbon capture technology. Photo: Courtesy of worradmu/