MANAMA: The Middle East's first carbon dioxide recovery plant has been opened at the Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC).
The $55 million facility at the company's Sitra facility was formally inaugurated by GPIC chairman and adviser to the Prime Minister for oil and industrial affairs Shaikh Isa bin Ali Al Khalifa, in the presence of board members, company officials and guests.
Speaking at the event, Shaikh Isa said with the use of this environmentally friendly technology, GPIC is a step ahead of all such companies in the region.
He said the unit can capture 450 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide per day, which is one of the world's largest capacities.
"The captured gas will later be used as feedstock for urea and methanol synthesis procedures in the process recovering approximately 90 per cent of the gas expelled.
"In this way, the company has started to contribute towards preserving the environment by reducing global warming and preventing climate change."
GPIC general manager Abdulrahman Jawahery said the inauguration is significant since it coincides with Bahrain's celebrations of the 10th anniversary of His Majesty King Hamad's accession to the throne and the 38th National Day.
He said the new technology will reduce carbon dioxide emissions responsible for climate change and will positively contribute to the global co-operation aimed at protecting the environment.
He attributed the success to the project team that supervised and followed building construction which was completed within schedule and budget and without any waste of time.
Among those who attended were company deputy chairman Anwar Salama and managing director Yousuf Al Zamil.
Representatives of the Japanese giant, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Limited which has set up the plant, contractors and sub contractors, present.