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HOUSTON, October 27 – Clean Air Task Force, a national environmental organization dedicated to atmospheric protection and reducing global climate change, has announced the establishment of a new Gulf States-China program to hasten the commercial scale development of carbon capture and storage technology in both countries.  The project will be based in Texas, which leads the U.S. in carbon storage expertise, due to its more than 40 years of experience with the use of CO2 in enhanced oil recovery (EOR).


CATF’s Gulf States-China project will be led by Dr. Frank Chou, who has over 30 years experience in the engineering, procurement and construction business sectors of companies such as Shell Oil and Dow Chemical.  Fluent in Mandarin, Dr. Chou will facilitate partnerships between energy companies in the U.S. with proficiency in EOR with Chinese companies developing carbon capture technologies at scale.


“Our new program is a win-win for the U.S. and China, and for our global climate,” said Dr. Chou.  “By harnessing the synergies between companies working in carbon capture and storage (CCS), we can quickly ramp up both countries’ expertise to develop the capacity to ultimately bring down our two countries’ global CO2 emissions, which comprise a majority of the world’s output.”


Among the initial projects to be undertaken by the GSC initiative will be an EOR “School,” which will be conducted in China and led by U. S. experts to let Chinese engineers and managers learn about this country’s experience in enhanced oil recovery.  EOR is considered a critical part of the CCS technology because it introduces the “utilization” of CO2 to the CCS strategy to generate revenues and thereby convert it to “CCUS.” 

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The EOR school will provide key industry players in China the grounding knowledge of EOR operational and economic considerations, as well as the sharing of technological expertise and hardware between US and Chinese energy professionals.  It is expected that the first session of the EOR School will take place in the first quarter of 2012, to be followed by field visits in the US.


CATF is also coordinating visits in the next few months of Chinese companies such as Shanghai Electric and Huaneng Energy Group in the US, including power companies and research institutes.


In addition, the Gulf States-China initiative complements CATF’s Asia Clean Energy Project, which for the last five years has been linking up U.S. energy companies with Chinese energy firms to develop clean energy projects, particularly in the area of carbon capture and storage.  Led by CATF’s Beijing-based representative, Ming Sung, the Asia Project has led to more than a dozen agreements between U.S. energy companies such as Duke, AEP and Southern, and their partners ENN, CNOOC and China Huanang.  For more information on that program, please go to: or


“China can and must be a critical ally in moving low-carbon energy development forward,” said John Thompson, Director of CATF’s Coal Transition project who oversees the Asia and Gulf States-China programs.  “By collaborating with the Chinese, we will be able to rapidly bring carbon capture and storage to scale.  As we continue to develop and expand our integrated China programs, we will leverage the knowhow and resources of both countries to move us to a near-zero carbon economy by the year 2050, thereby avoiding the worst consequences of global climate change.”


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Clean Air Task Force is a non-profit environmental organization with offices throughout the United States and in China that works to protect the earth’s atmosphere by improving air quality and reducing global climate change through scientific research, public advocacy, technological innovation and private sector collaboration.  For more information please visit