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Research institutes of 3 nations to test CO2 ocean sequestration

The New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization of Japan (NEDO), the Research Council of Norway and the Federal Energy Technology Center of the U.S. Department of Energy have signed the Project Agreement for the International Collaboration Project on CO2 Ocean Sequestration. The Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth (RITE) of Kansai Science City will also join the project.
Carbon dioxide emitted from factories and other sources will be liquefied through condensation for shipping to a location from where a pipeline will deliver CO2 to a depth of 1,000-2,000 meters for absorption into the seawater. The experiment will investigate technical feasibility and environmental impact associated with ocean sequestration.
The joint research will be conducted for five years through March 2002 under the framework of the Task Force 7 of the Climate Technology Initiative promoted by the member countries of the International Energy Agency and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. The cost of the research is estimated at some $4 million.