sleipner-gas-fieldThe House of the Congress of Deputies approved the Law on Geological Storage of Carbon Dioxide. The law  incorporates the guidelines provided by the European directive regulating this technology (Directive 2009/31/EC), adapting them to the Spanish industrial, geological and energy reality and establishing a legal basis for safely deploying this technology.

The law complements the adoption by Spain of the EU Energy and Climate Change package for reducing by 2020 Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions by 20%.

Carbon capture and Storage is envisaged by the EU as a transitional technology that will help to mitigate climate change. In particular, this technology will enable power plants employing fossil fuels like natural gas and especially coal to produce energy without greenhouse gas emissions, as these can be captured and stored indefinitely in geological structures, thereby facilitating the transition to a low carbon economy.

MATGAS is highly involved in research on Carbon Storage through the CIUDEN project in collaboration with Amphos 21. The project focuses on the experimental characterization of supercritical CO2 (scCO2) injection into storage materials located in Hontomín (Burgos). The project aims at elucidating the behavior of rocks and the saline aquifers where the scCO2 is going to be injected, near Hontomín (Burgos), where the CO2 sequestration development plant will be built.