Sequestration Project Likely to Place Decatur on International Stage
Now that ADM is moving forward with plans to build a state of the art Carbon Dioxide Sequestration facility, you may be wondering – what is that?
ADM Director of Biofuels Scott McDonald says the lab and research center will be cutting edge, propelling Decatur onto the international forefront of CO2 sequestration.
The process of sequestration involves pumping low pressure carbon dioxide gas produced in the manufacturing plants deep into the ground for storage purposes; it’s not fracking, which pumps high pressure for natural gas extraction.
McDonald says Decatur was chosen because of its expansive potential for geological storage. The project will cost $205,500,000 total and should be up and running by the 3rd quarter of 2013, according to ADM officials. McDonald also says about three-fourths of that funding would be spent on construction within the first 3 years.