Air Liquide, BASF and Shell have become the latest companies to join an industry group committed to advancing large-scale carbon capture and storage (CCS) in Houston, US.
The three firms join 11 others seeking to reduce the emissions of the Houston industrial area through CCS – Calpine, Chevron, Dow, ExxonMobil, INEOS, Linde, LyondellBasell, Marathon Petroleum, NRG Energy, Phillips 66 and Valero. The companies believe that up to 50 million tpa of CO2 could be captured and stored in the Houston area by 2030, rising to 100 million tpa by 2040. They already have support from Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, the Harris County Commissioners’ Court, the Greater Houston Partnership and the Center for Houston’s Future.
In December 2021, the partners held a series of workshops at the University of Houston to evaluate how to use safe, proven technology to achieve their aims.
‘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,’ said Charles McConnell, director of University of Houston’s Center for Carbon Management in Energy and former assistant secretary in the US Department of Energy. ‘As the energy capital of the world, Houston has the expertise and leadership—including industry, academia and policymakers—to realise a low carbon, reliable and affordable energy future. I look forward to working alongside these 14 companies to make Houston the global leader in CCS.’