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Equinor Invests in One of Largest Offshore Carbon Capture & Storage Projects

Posted on September 7, 2023

Deal sees Norwegian energy giant partner Chevron and Talos Energy in the Bayou Bend project

Equinor has purchased a stake in one of the largest carbon capture and storage projects in the US.

The Norwegian oil and gas major acquired its 25% share in Bayou Bend CCS project in Texas from Carbonvert, the company said on Monday.

Grete Tveit, Senior vice president for low carbon solutions at Equinor, said that joining the Bayou Bend scheme strengthens the company’s low carbon solutions portfolio and supports its ambition to mature and develop 15 million to 30 million tonnes per annum of equity carbon dioxide transport and storage capacity by 2035.

“Our experience from developing carbon storage projects can help advance decarbonization efforts in one of the largest industrial corridors in the US.”

The Bayou Bend project is located along the Gulf Coast in Southeast Texas. It encompasses about 100,000 gross acres onshore in Chambers and Jefferson Counties in Texas, and more than 40,000 gross acres offshore Beaumont and Port Arthur, with a total of gross potential storage resources of more than 1 billion tonnes.

Bayou Bend is a joint venture between Chevron, Talos Energy and Equinor. Chevron is the operator with 50% interest, and Talos holds a 25% slice.

Chris Powers, CCUS vice president at Chevron New Energies, said: “Delivering lower carbon solutions to harder-to-abate industries is fundamental to Chevron New Energies’ mission, and as a Southeast Texas native, I know how vital these industries are to our local communities and their economies.”

The project’s location near major industrial corridors in the Houston, Port Arthur area will provide a potential decarbonization option for industries such as refining, cement, steel, chemicals, and manufacturing.

Industrial emissions in the Texas Gulf Coast region are estimated to be approximately 100 million tonnes per annum of CO2.

Robin Fielder, executive vice president for low carbon strategy at Talos, aid significant progress is being made in developing Bayou Bend, which is expected to be a premier regional carbon storage hub solution for Texas’ largest industrial region.

Equinor’s flagship CSS investment is the Northern Lights project, which is seen as astandard bearer for the maturing of the industry in Northern Europe.

The project, a venture with Shell and TotalEnergies, is presently working towards a final investment decision, chief financial officer Torgrim Reitan said during Equinor’s second quarter conference call in July.

While Equinor has been hugely profitable this year overall, its renewables business posted a loss in both the first and second quarters of 2023.

European CCS projects, including Northern Lights, are backed by funding from the European Union. In the US financing for such initiatives are covered by US President Joe Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act.

In total the administration has pledged $369 billion toward industries involved in “energy security and climate change”.


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