The Carbon Corner - Issue #23

Hello, and welcome to the 23rd week of The Carbon Corner!

We hope today's read is insightful as we bring updates on a few new projects and some familiar ones!

Bayou Bend CCS Expands its CO2 Storage Footprint in Texas

Bayou Bend CCS LLC, a joint venture project between Chevron USA Inc, Talos Energy Inc., and Carbonvert Inc, announced plans to expand its CO2 storage project in Texas by acquiring around 100,000 acres onshore in Chambers and Jefferson Counties. The company is currently operated by Chevron, which possesses 50 percent ownership. Both Talos Energy and Carbonvert own 25 percent each.

Bayou Bend currently has 40,000 acres of offshore pore space dedicated to CO2 sequestration. The total acreage is estimated to hold around 18 metric tonnes of stored carbon. The addition of onshore acreage makes the company one of the largest carbon storage projects in the US, most definitely in the Houston area.

Chris Powers, Vice President, CCUS, Chevron New Energies, said, “With this expansion, Bayou Bend is positioned to offer CCUS solutions across a broad region of the Gulf Coast, from Houston to Orange and into western Louisiana.” We can expect CCS activity to pick up in this area.

Siemens Energy's Technology will be Used at the First Large-Scale DAC Plant in Texas

1PointFive, a subsidiary of Occidental, is developing the company's first large-scare Direct Air Capture (DAC) plant in Texas' Permian Basin. The project will use two Siemens Energy compressors to process and pressurize the final product for pipeline injection into underground reservoirs.

The first of the compressors is a motor-driven 13,000 horsepower fully modular wet compressor. The second is an 8,500-horsepower dry gas compressor.

Siemens Energy President and CEO Christian Bruch commented, "We are honored to be part of such an important project. Technologies to effectively capture and sequester CO2 will be a necessity if we want to achieve our climate goals. Close partnerships with partners like Occidental are the base to scale up innovative solutions."

US Steel Corp and CarbonFree Chemical Holdings Partner to Develop a Carbon Capture Project

US Steel Corporation and CarbonFree Chemicals Holdings have entered into a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to develop a carbon capture project generated by US Steel's Gary Works manufacturing plant using CarbonFree's SkyCycle technology.

The initiative could allow for the mineralization of up to 50,000 metric tonnes of CO2 annually, which is equivalent to the emissions of 11,000 cars. The technology will trap carbon emissions, convert them to precipitated calcium carbonate, and generate hydrochloric acid as a co-product. If a definitive agreement is made before this year's end, operations could start as soon as 2025.

Navigator CO2 refiled application for Heartland Greenway

We have spoken about Navigator CO2's plans to add a pipeline that would run under 13 counties in the past. In January, they withdrew their application with the Illinois Commerce Commission. However, the company filed a new application late last week, this time adding a 14th county to their master plan.

The new addition would be 42 miles long and, according to CEO Matt Vining, would allow Navigator to "address the increasing commercial demand regionally, especially within the Illinois industrial complex."

Also included in the application were many support letters from business, union, and energy groups that rallied behind the company's plans. Some of these companies include the Illinois Pipe Trades Association, the National Corn to Ethanol Research Center at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, the Illinois Manufacturers' Association, and the Illinois Chamber of Commerce.

Oregon State University Granted $540,000 from US DOE to Explore Captured Carbon Use for 3D Printed Materials

Oregon State University and Sandia National Laboratory received a $540,000 grant from the US DOE to study the process of capturing carbon from industrial emissions and mineralizing it for 3D printing building materials.

Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering in the OSU College of Engineering said, “The construction industry generates 13% of global CO2 emissions. In recent years, 3D-printing technology for concrete has been gaining popularity in building construction as it is a more sustainable alternative – it reduces both waste and transport costs. However, most 3D printing of concrete still relies only on traditional materials that are really carbon intensive.”

The exploration aims to capture the CO2 from lime and cement industries and develop printed building components, such as walls. The awarded grant will cover the project costs for the next three years.

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