Chevron, partners expand “one of the largest carbon capture projects in U.S” onshore Texas
(WO) — Bayou Bend CCS LLC, a carbon capture and sequestration project located along the Texas Gulf Coast, is expanding its carbon dioxide storage footprint through the acquisition of nearly 100,000 acres onshore in Chambers and Jefferson Counties, Texas. The increased acreage positions Bayou Bend to be one of the largest carbon storage projects in the United States.
Combined with the previously announced approximately 40,000 acres offshore Beaumont and Port Arthur, Texas, the expanded Bayou Bend carbon capture project now encompasses nearly 140,000 acres of pore space for permanent CO2 sequestration.
The total acreage holds a gross storage capacity of more than one billion metric tons, positioning Bayou Bend to be a leading carbon transportation and storage solution for industrial emitters located in the Houston Ship Channel and Beaumont / Port Arthur region, one of the largest industrial corridors in the country.
Chris Powers, Vice President, CCUS, Chevron New Energies, said, “Delivering CCUS and other lower carbon solutions to harder-to-abate industries is fundamental to Chevron New Energies’ mission. As a Southeast Texas native, I know how vital these industries are to our local communities and their economies. 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.”
Alex Tiller, President and CEO of Carbonvert, said, “Expanding Bayou Bend, alongside our partners Chevron and Talos, is Carbonvert’s next step to enabling critical large-scale carbon removal and reduction projects. This expansion sets us up well to achieve Carbonvert’s goal of sequestering 100 million tonnes before 2032 and underscores our position as one of the leading independent, pure-play carbon capture and storage developers in the world.”
In 2021, Talos and Carbonvert were selected as the winning bidders for the Texas General Land Office’s Jefferson County, Texas, carbon storage lease, located in state waters offshore Beaumont and Port Arthur, Texas. It remains the first and only offshore lease in the U.S. dedicated to CO2 sequestration. Chevron joined the Bayou Bend joint venture in May 2022.