Japan, China to join in $300 mln CO2 project

TOKYO - Japan and China will cooperate in a $300 million project to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from a thermal power plant, a Japanese daily reported on Saturday.

Under the plan of the project, emitted carbon dioxide from a thermal power plant will be injected into a major Chinese oil field to extract more crude oil, the Nikkei business daily said.

The project, set to start next year, will involve investments from Japanese companies such as Toyota Motor Corp and plant engineering firm JGC Corp, Nikkei said.

From China, entities such as China National Petroleum Corp and major power generator China Huadian Corp are expected to take part in the project.

The cost is estimated to total about 20-30 billion yen ($190-$285 million), but details on how the costs will be shared have yet to be determined, the daily said.

The two countries are expected to sign an accord on the project next week when Chinese President Hu Jintao visits Japan. Hu's five-day trip from Tuesday will be his longest state visit to any one country since he became president in 2003.

Nikkei said carbon dioxide from a coal-fired power plant in Harbin, the capital of Heilongjiang province in northeast China, will be transported to Daqing oil field, located about 100 kilometers west of the plant.

The plant emits more than 1 million tonnes of CO2 a year. Daqing produces about 40 million tonnes per year of crude oil, the daily said.

CO2 will be used to make crude oil more liquid and easier to extract, resulting in an increase in output in Daqing of about 1.5-2 million tonnes a year, Nikkei said.


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