Carbon Frontier is a development to Kern country ‘carbon park’ and it aims to be advance the carbon capture and storage project, through being part of a planned regional hub which will be used for decarbonisation in iKern Country California.
The state currently has a plan for achieving carbon neutrality by 2045 and in order to each this, they have looked for the chance to adopt CCS opportunities which will enable them to reduce carbon emissions from industrial processes. Carbon Frontier plans to be operational in the later half of the 2020s when it will be able to capture up to 1.6 million metric tons (MM Mt) of Co2 every year from Aera’s operations. This captured Co2 will be permanently stored at its Belridge oil field site, which will result in Aera’s carbon footprint by the equivalent of 30,000 households.
Carbon Frontier is a huge step forwards for the decarbonisation industry and Aera’s hope for the new development is that it grows and attracts other businesses who require the ability to store carbon and decarbonise their operations. After an Aera subsidiary was selected by the Department of Energy to study the feasibility of a direct air capture hub last month, Aera aims for this project and similar ones to create a transformative innovation centre which will allow businesses to join together and share mutual benefits. This will achieve the overall aim of creating an ecosystem of supply and storage, whilst also offering the opportunity to grow.
The Aera Energy President and CEO Erik Bartsch, commented, “The energy landscape is transforming, and Aera’s strategy is coexistence – ensuring Californians have the energy they need today as we work toward a lower carbon future. This strategy matches the state’s ambitious policy objectives with our proven ability to bring innovative energy solutions on paper to operational realities in the field.”
The California State University, Bakersfield President, Lynnette Zelezny, said, “Innovation is at the heart of our region’s future and projects like Carbon Frontier embody the transformation at the core of Kern County’s revitalization. Aera’s investment in innovation and development of lower carbon energy will keep us as California’s energy hub and competitive on a global scale. We’re proud to have locally based Aera as a partner in shaping a brighter future for all of us.”