They will evaluate the feasibility of separating, capturing and transporting CO2 emissions from Japan to Malaysia.

By Shardul Sharma

Japan's Jera announced on April 2 that it had signed a joint study agreement with Petronas, Malaysia's national oil company, to evaluate the development of a carbon capture and storage (CCS) value chain.

Under this agreement, the parties will collaborate on a feasibility study encompassing the entire CCS value chain. This includes evaluating the feasibility of separating and capturing CO2 emissions from Jera's operations in Japan, exploring transportation methods for cross-border CO2 transport, and assessing storage options in Malaysian gas fields.

CCS technology plays a role in mitigating CO2 emissions, particularly in industries facing challenges in reducing their carbon footprint. Governments worldwide are actively supporting CCS initiatives, and numerous projects are underway, especially in the Asia-Pacific region.

According to Jera, Malaysia has several potentially suitable sites for underground CO2 storage. Petronas is already engaged in multiple CCS projects like the Kasawari project, located offshore Malaysia.

Operated by Petronas Carigali, a unit of Petronas, the Kasawari CCS project is expected to reduce carbon dioxide volume emitted via flaring by 3.3 tonnes CO2e/year.

Petronas Carigali reached the final investment decision (FID) on the Kasawari project in 2022.