January 7, 2008

ADM injects earth with CO2

Biofuels and agribusiness major Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) plans to reduce some of their greenhouse gas emissions by capturing carbon dioxide from its Decatur, Illinois-based ethanol plant and storing it via drilled wells deep below Mount Simon Sandstone, a major regional saline-water-bearing rock formation in Illinois.

According to Midwest Geological Sequestration Consortium (MGSC), ADM's partner in the project, the reservoir can store 1 million tonnes of CO2 over a period of three years. The $84.3m injection, mostly funded by the US Dept. of Energy, will start in October next year and will end in 2012. MGSC will monitor the reservoir during the entire period to prevent CO2 mutiny.

If successful, who knows maybe someday we can harvest them back and make some use out of those trapped CO2. Diamonds with oxygen anyone?