Project: Total Lacq
Company/Alliance: Total, Air Liquide, French Petroleum Institute (IFP), the French Bureau of Geological and Mining Research (BRGM) and Alstom
Location: Lacq, France
Feedstock: Heavy Oil, with possibility of other fuels being tested
Process: Natural gas boiler
Size: 35 MW: 40 tons of steam per hour and 75,000 tons of CO2 per year captured and stored for a two year period
Capture Technology: Oxy fuel combustion
CO2 Fate: Onshore sequestration in depleted natural gas field at Rousse (Pyrenees), 30 km from Lacq, at 4.5 km underground
Timing: Preliminary study (2006), Engineering study (2007) and Capture and CO2 injection (2010).
Completion: Scheduled (July 2013)
The project will cost €60 million (US$83 million). It is the first integrated CO2 capture and storage system using oxy fuel combustion technology combined with injection in a depleted hydrocarbon field.
Greater understanding of the oxy fuel combustion process will help with the “hot” production of the extra-heavy Athabasca oils in Canada. Total, on January 11 2010, inaugurated the Lacq project ("Europe’s first end-to-end carbon capture, transportation and storage demonstration facility, in southwestern France, at a ceremony attended by Valérie Létard, France’s Secretary of State for Green Technology and Climate Negotiations").
Over 120,000 tons of CO2 were successfully captured and sequestered by June 2010.
Project Link: Total: A pilot installation at Lacq
Other Sources and Press Releases:
Total’s pilot plant boosts carbon capture, storage (April 2013)
Capture and storage declared a success (June 2010)
Capture begins January 2010 (January 2010)
Capture set to begin early 2009 (September 2008)
Total inaugerates Lacq CCS project (July 2007)
Total's CO2 pilot project at Lacq [PDF] (September 2007)
CO2 Capture and Storage- Lacq Pilot Plant [PDF] (September 2006)
Total web page
Date Modified January 31, 2014