China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNPC) today announced the start of operation of China's first offshore project to store carbon worth millions of tons in the South China Sea.

Xinhua quoted the company as saying that "the project is designed to store more than 1.5 million tons of carbon dioxide, equivalent to planting nearly 14 million trees."

The company indicated that the project serves the Anping oil platform 200 km southwest of the southern city of Shenzhen, where it captures and processes carbon dioxide produced from oil fields, and then pumps it into a geological structure "dome" at a depth of about 800 meters under the seabed and about 3 km from the platform.

The operation of the project signals China's achievement in acquiring a full range of technologies and equipment to capture, process, inject, store and monitor carbon dioxide at sea, and opens a new path for China to achieve its "double carbon" goal of peak carbon dioxide emissions by 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2060.

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