The CO2 transport test ship “Ekusukuru”, which incorporates a marine cargo tank system for transporting carbon dioxide (CO2) and was developed as part of the “CCUS Research, Development and Verification Project” commissioned by NEDO, was completed, and a naming and delivery ceremony was held. (NGL) and the Engineering National Association of Japan (ENAA), which were commissioned by NEDO, will be in charge of the vessel’s demonstration tests and operation.
The vessel will conduct a demonstration test of liquefied CO2 transport. The demonstration tests will include the processes of liquefaction, storage, loading and unloading, and marine transportation of CO2. In order to identify the optimal conditions for marine transportation of CO2, the vessel will be transported repeatedly under various conditions, including different temperatures and pressures, mainly between the land bases in Maizuru, Kyoto Prefecture and Tomakomai, Hokkaido, which were constructed under the project.
Through the demonstration test, NEDO will establish a safe and low-cost technology for mass transport of CO2 by ship, and contribute to the realization of carbon neutrality in 2050 through social implementation of CO2 capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) technology.
NEDO is implementing this project to establish an integrated marine transportation system that encompasses the processes of CO2 liquefaction, storage, loading/unloading, and marine transportation, in order to transport CO2 emitted from factories and thermal power plants to storage and utilization sites safely and in large volumes at low cost, aiming for the social implementation of CCUS by around 2030. The project is working to develop technologies to establish an integrated marine transportation system that encompasses the processes of CO2 liquefaction, storage, cargo handling, and marine transportation. The vessel incorporating the CO2 cargo tank system developed as part of this project has been completed, and a naming and delivery ceremony was held .