One US city where carbon capture is gaining momentum (surprisingly or not) is Houston. Three new companies – Air Liquide, BASF and Shell are the latest to join a venture committed to advancing large-scale carbon capture and storage in the state.
They are joining a long list of other companies – Calpine, Chevron, Dow, ExxonMobil, INEOS, Linde, LyondellBasell, Marathon Petroleum, NRG Energy, Phillips 66 and Valero to collectively evaluate and advance emissions reduction efforts of the industrial area in Houston.
All of them are trying to find new ways to provide safer and reliable energy to the community.
Proven carbon capture and storage technologies are one way to serve the decarbonization purposes of the Houston-area facilities, providing energy and products for modern life, including power generation and advanced manufacturing for plastics, motor fuels and packaging.
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The 14 companies also held a series of workshops at the University of Houston in December last year, to discuss collaboration and activation of their large-scale emissions-reduction efforts.
These efforts are also gaining support from government officials in the region, including Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, the Harris County Commissioners’ Court, the Greater Houston Partnership and the Center for Houston’s Future.
If the companies in the area follow through on their carbon capture plans, they could safely take away and store up to 50 million metric tons of CO2 per year by 2030 and about 100 million metric tons per year by 2040, which would significantly reduce emissions in Houston.
“Large-scale carbon capture and storage in the Houston region will be a cornerstone for the world’s energy transition, and these companies’ efforts are crucial toward advancing CCS development to achieve broad scale commercial impact… As the energy capital of the world, Houston has the expertise and leadership—including industry, academia and policymakers—to realize a low carbon, reliable and affordable energy future,” said Charles McConnell, director of University of Houston’s Center for Carbon Management in Energy.