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Total Lacq Fact Sheet: Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage Project

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 Start: January 8th 2010

Completion: March 15th 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.


The oxy boiler was started in mid-2009. The whole CCS pilot, including CO2 injection, was started on the January 8th 2010. The last injection of CO2 took place on the March 15th 2013. More than 51,000 tonnes of CO2 were injected during the 39 months.

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:

Carbon capture and storage: the Lacq pilot. Project and injection period 2006-2013
Total’s pilot plant boosts carbon capture, storage (April 2013)
Capture and storage declared a success (June 2010)
Capture set to begin early 2009 (September 2008)
Total inaugerates Lacq CCS project (July 2007)
Total web page