Oman-based carbon removal and storage technology company, 44.01, has partnered with the Ministry of Energy and Minerals (MEM) to establish the world’s first and largest commercial-scale peridotite mineralisation project. Set to commence in 2024 in the Hajar mountains, the project aims to permanently remove carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere.
The chosen site for the project is Al Qabil, where 44.01 has already completed a successful pilot project, validating the effectiveness, safety and permanence of their process. In their approach, 44.01 captures CO2 from the atmosphere or industrial processes, dissolves it in water and injects it deep underground into peridotite formations. Through mineralisation, the CO2 is transformed into rock, offering a permanent solution.
Peridotite, an abundant ultramafic rock in Oman, naturally mineralises CO2 over an extended period. However, 44.01’s technology accelerates the process, enabling the safe and scalable elimination of CO2 within a year. This breakthrough offers significant potential for combating climate change and reducing carbon emissions.