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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: 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 set to begin early 2009 (September 2008)
Total inaugerates Lacq CCS project (July 2007)
Total web page

Date Modified December 5, 2014