BP and Linde announced on May 17, plans to develop a significant carbon CCS project in Texas, the US, which would enable Linde to produce low-carbon hydrogen at its existing facilities. The project, which will store up to 15 million mt/year of CO2, is due to begin operations in 2026.
The project will capture and store carbon from Linde’s hydrogen production plant in Houston, with hopes to trigger large-scale efforts in the Texas Gulf Industrial Corridor. This will complement Linde’s liquid hydrogen facilities in La Port, Texas, which generates 30 tonnes of hydrogen per day.
Customers will be able to purchase the low-carbon hydrogen under long-term contracts, using Linde’s hydrogen pipeline network.
Dan Yankowski, President at Linde Gases North America, said, “Linde is committed to lowering absolute carbon emissions 35% by 2035 and reaching climate neutrality by 2050.
“Capturing the carbon dioxide from our hydrogen production plants in the Houston area will be a significant step towards achieving these goals.
“We are excited to bring Linde’s leading technology portfolio and infrastructure to support this project and make low carbon hydrogen available to our customers in the Gulf Coast.
“More broadly Linde is well positioned to enable similar projects be it in the Gulf Coast where we operate two hydrogen pipelines and a hydrogen storage cavern or elsewhere in the US.”
Under the agreement, BP will develop and permit geologic storage sites for permanent sequestration of Linde’s captured CO2. It will also bring other low-carbon solutions to the project, like renewable power and certified natural gas. CO2 storage is expected to take place at multiple sites.
Dave Lawler, Chairman and President of bp America, commented, “The energy expertise in Texas and strong supply chains have been generations in the making. This new low carbon energy project will help us leverage those strengths for the next chapter of the energy transition.
“In particular, it can help decarbonise hard-to-abate industries for the greatest potential impact on emissions while protecting jobs.”