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Carbon capture & storage

CCS can help to decarbonize industries across the Midwest and Texas Gulf Coast

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CCS is a proven technology that captures carbon before it’s emitted into the atmosphere. It can help hard-to-abate industries like steel, cement and refining cut their CO2 and remain competitive in a net zero world.

CCS can help industries and communities thrive into the future

The US is home to multiple states with suitable geology to store CO2 safely, securely and effectively. Geological regions appropriate for CCS have deep underground rock formations thousands of feet below the surface and allow for development without disturbing surrounding communities or habitats. CCS can help decarbonize industries like steel, cement, and refining by reducing their CO2 emissions while supporting jobs, creating new markets for products, and contributing to local communities.

The first slide of an infographic about how Carbon Capture & Storage (CCS) works
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The first slide of an infographic about how Carbon Capture & Storage (CCS) works
The second slide of an infographic about how Carbon Capture & Storage (CCS) works, talking about CO2 capture
The third slide of an infographic about how Carbon Capture & Storage (CCS) works, talking about CO2 transportation
The fourth slide of an infographic about how Carbon Capture & Storage (CCS) works, talking about CO2 storage

Where we’re exploring CCS

Indiana

 

bp sees potential for a Midwest energy hub anchored in Indiana and already has significant infrastructure in place in the state – from the Whiting Refinery to the Fowler Ridge Wind farm. bp employs more than 2,700 people and indirectly supports more than 63,300 jobs across Indiana. 

 

Indiana is home to geologic formations that may be ideally suited for securely and permanently storing captured CO2. The state’s thriving manufacturing industries make it a prime location for large-scale CCS investment to help decarbonize these sectors.

Access to CCS infrastructure may help attract new businesses, create new jobs, and further investments in Indiana. In addition to the job-creation potential of CCS, bp is also looking to develop hydrogen and decarbonization apprenticeship programs to help prepare local talent for quality jobs in this space.

 

Recently, bp worked with a coalition to support the passage of legislation encouraging future carbon storage projects in Indiana. This new law is a key step in unlocking Indiana’s potential for large-scale CCS projects.

 

bp is a member of the Midwest Alliance for Clean Hydrogen (MachH2), is a multistate coalition of public and private entities representing every phase in the hydrogen value chain to produce carbon-free and low-carbon hydrogen. In October 2023, MachH2 was selected as a regional hydrogen hub by the U.S. Department of Energy. MachH2 could help decarbonize America’s industrial heartland where there’s a cluster of “hard-to-abate” industries in the states of Indiana, Illinois and Michigan.

bp hosted Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb and Indiana legislative leaders, along with members of the business community for the ceremonial signing of HB1209, the state’s new CCUS law at the Whiting refinery in September 2022

bp hosted Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb, Indiana legislative leaders and members of the business community for the ceremonial signing of HB1209.

bp has completed seismic surveying in several Indiana counties to collect information about rock layers in the deep subsurface. The data from the survey helps us evaluate the rock layers more than 3,000 feet below the surface and develop an accurate understanding of the geology that will best support a CCS project in these areas.
Illinois

 

According to the Illinois State Geologic Survey, Illinois is one of a handful of states in the US that may have the geology to store CO2 in a safe, secure, and effective way. Illinois is also home to many hard-to-abate industrial sectors like steel and cement and is one of the top CO2 emitters in the U.S. CCS technology can help decarbonize these industries and enhance their economic viability.  Researchers from the University of Illinois estimate that CCS development could spur the creation of 14,440 jobs.

Crucial to the commercial development of CCS projects will be a legal and regulatory framework that provides clarity on key issues that are absent from existing state and federal regulations. bp is engaging with local stakeholders and Illinois state policymakers to advance this important technology and help Illinois meet its net-zero goals. 

 

bp is a member of the Midwest Alliance for Clean Hydrogen (MachH2), which was recently selected by the U.S. Department of Energy as a Regional Clean Hydrogen Hub designed to help decarbonize certain heavy industries and spur a low carbon hydrogen market across several states, including Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan.

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Texas Gulf Coast
bp is planning a major carbon capture and storage (CCS) project on the Texas Gulf Coast to advance decarbonization efforts across the region.  Upon completion, the project will capture and store CO2 from industrial facilities along the Gulf Coast and Southeast Texas to support the production of low carbon hydrogen for the region. This new low carbon energy project will help us leverage the region’s historic strengths in energy, infrastructure, and supply chains for the next chapter of the energy transition.
Directly above an oil refinery in Texas City, Texas, located just south of Houston on Galveston Bay.

Our commitment to responsible operations 

Putting Safety First

 

bp is committed to the safety of our people and the communities where we operate, and we will bring that commitment to CO2 storage projects.

 

CO2 capture and transportation technologies have been operating across the U.S. for decades. In fact, there are more than 5,000 miles of CO2 pipelines in the country already. Because the number of CO2 pipelines is expected to increase significantly in the coming years, the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration will soon put forward updated regulations to further guide the industry in building and operating the pipelines needed to safely transport and store CO2.  

 

After transport, CO2 is injected into rock formations many thousands of feet underground. Overlying these formations are impermeable, non-porous layers of rock that securely trap the CO2 for permanent storage, far below usable water resources. These rock formations are similar to those that have held oil and gas underground for millions of years.

 

Storage sites undergo testing and monitoring required by governmental regulation for long-term safety. 

Responsible Land Use

 

Carbon capture and storage technology can safely and permanently store CO2 in the pore spaces of rocks deep underground – often more than a mile below the surface. CO2 injection wells and storage are strictly regulated by the U.S. EPA. The primary goal of these regulations is to regulate the location, design, and operation of projects to protect drinking water sources. A CCS project only uses a small amount of surface area—3-5 acres for well pads and often less than 25 acres for pipelines—protecting local communities and farms.

 

Before developing a CCS project, the EPA requires such things as subsurface seismic testing and preliminary well drilling to verify the suitability of the geology for storage. If suitable, sites are then permitted through federal and state environmental agencies, which require regular monitoring.

 

bp is committed to engaging with communities and landowners to answer questions, provide information about assessment of potential projects and benefits for interested landowners.

Healthier Communities

 

Industrial sectors like steel, cement, and refining are often significant emitters of CO2. CCS can help reduce CO2 emissions by capturing them at the source before they enter the atmosphere. When CCS projects remove CO2 from the air, other air pollutants in the captured CO2 stream also may be removed, helping to improve air quality in nearby communities.


1 Source: Carbon Capture Co-benefits, Carbon Capture’s Role in Removing Pollutants and Reducing Health Impacts; Great Plains Institute, August 2023 

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Economic Growth

 

CCS can support job creation, attract new investment, and open additional opportunities for manufacturers and farmers.

  • Supports jobs – CCS will help create new jobs during construction and operation of new facilities and in both existing and new low carbon industries. 
  • Promotes economic growth – CCS can support the net-zero aims of existing industries like ethanol, steel, cement, and refining, which can help future-proof jobs while creating new markets for sustainable aviation fuel, hydrogen and biofuels.
  • Attracts investment – Access to CCS infrastructure may help attract new businesses, create new jobs, and further investments in local communities. The federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and the Inflation Reduction Act further incentivize CCS, and potential related hydrogen projects. For example, the Department of Energy has announced its intention to provide more than $1 billion to support a Midwest hydrogen hub as well as awarded Carbon Storage Assurance Facility Enterprise (CarbonSAFE) grants in both the Midwest and Gulf Coast. CCS is a key component of those efforts.