Angara decrease 400mn tonnes of emissions

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Vital emissions reducing technology will lessen the petroleum industries carbon footprint

Ahead of key environmental discussions at the recently concluded COP28, DecarbonX, an Angara initiative driving decarbonisation solutions for petroleum infrastructure, called for urgent action from the petroleum industry to tackle the issue of fouling, by adopting technology that can significantly reduce refinery emissions with almost immediate effect.

Fouling at refineries, where the build-up of deposits impacts heat exchangers efficiency, is a global issue that leads to increased energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions.

The fouling removal methodology developed by DecarbonX maintains the efficiency of heat exchanger equipment in refineries – a pioneering solution with the potential to reduce up to 15% of refinery emissions in a matter of months, targeting 40% savings over 2-3 years, according to a corporate press communique.

The tailored approach is underpinned by technology independently validated by engineering consultancy firm DNV, awarded one of the highest technology readiness levels of 8+. DNV verified that DecarbonX technologies could abate up to 400mn tonnes of CO2 emissions annually.

AI technologies

The approach utilises chemical, petrophysical, digital AI technologies to improve heat exchanger efficiencies, and monitor long term performance. Retrofitting existing infrastructure enables DecarbonX to maximise emissions reductions whilst improving energy efficiency, without impacting operations.

The need to find tangible decarbonisation solutions is even more urgent given the UN’s recent emissions gap report. The UN estimates enormous cuts to greenhouse gas emissions are needed to reduce global warming, with a 30% reduction required to limit the global temperature rise to 2C above pre-industrial levels.

Decarbonisation programme

“Every second that’s wasted adds more avoidable carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and moves the world further from UN targets. We are advocating a decarbonisation programme for the petroleum industry, which based on independently verified data, and if embraced globally, could reduce CO2 emissions by up to 400mn tonnes per year,” explained Alex de Valukhoff, Chief Executive Officer, Angara.

“Removing fouling continually to keep heat exchangers always clean is the neglected fix in the decarbonisation debate, and we urge those in the industry to embrace innovation to tackle this avoidable problem,” he concluded

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