16. Rufiji cluster, Tanzania

Stage: CANCELLED (reached IDENTIFY)

Operation start up: (2025)

Capacity: 5 - 7 000 000 tonnes/year

Capture Facility: Ethanol production

Capture Type: Various types

Transport Type: Pipeline

Storage Type: Saline aquifer

The African continent holds a large part of the world’s bio-energy potential. Due to a low rate of technological development, this potential is today far from fully utilized. In a now cancelled project, the Swedish ethanol company Sekab planned to build six very large ethanol and electricity production facilities in the Rufiji area in Tanzania. To further improve the carbon balance of the project, the possibility of a CCS network was studied. The network was to collect CO2 from the planned ethanol plants and store it in a nearby geological formation. This would have resulted in a large scale BECCS cluster capable of storing 5 to 7 million tonnes of CO2 per year starting in 2025.