Bayou Bend CCS LLC (Bayou Bend), a carbon capture and sequestration project located along the Texas Gulf Coast, announced on 6 March an expansion of 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.
Bayou Bend is a joint venture between Chevron, through its Chevron New Energies division, Talos Energy through its Talos Low Carbon Solutions division, and Carbonvert. Equity interests in Bayou Bend remain 50 percent Chevron, 25 percent Talos and 25 percent Carbonvert. Effective March 1, 2023, Chevron became the operator of the LLC.
Combined with the previously announced approximately 40,000 acres offshore Beaumont and Port Arthur, Texas, the expanded Bayou Bend 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.
Robin Fielder, Executive Vice President – Low Carbon Strategy and Chief Sustainability Officer of Talos, said: “We are excited about Bayou Bend and building the best regional carbon sequestration hub with the right storage infrastructure adjacent to two major Southeast Texas industrial corridors. Our partnership is committed to developing safe, reliable, cost-effective decarbonization solutions while enabling continued economic growth in the region. Today’s announcement solidifies Bayou Bend’s position as Southeast Texas’s leading carbon sequestration project.”
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.”