Equinor and non-profit science and tech development company Battelle have agreed to explore carbon capture opportunities in the Appalachian Basin.
Both sides have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the intention of further developing the decarbonized energy cluster in the tri-state region of West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
In addition to having strategic importance as an energy-producing region, the Appalachian Basin also has the potential of becoming a leader in the decarbonization of industry in the US.
Chris Golden, Equinor U.S. country manager, shared the company’s vision of meeting future energy demand while also maintaining the nation’s industrial competitiveness in the context of net-zero emissions.
The partnership with Battelle will bring valuable experience with low-carbon initiatives to the table, which Equinor believes will be a great asset on the way to delivering on its ambitions.
As part of the agreement, Battelle and Equinor will begin feasibility studies to evaluate the potential for carbon capture and storage (CCS) in the Appalachian Basin.
Both companies share expertise in matters concerning carbon capture, with both having led various CCS projects of different sizes and through all stages of development.