BP and chemicals giant Linde have announced plans to create a “major” US carbon capture and storage (CCS) project near Houston, Texas, that will allow for low-carbon hydrogen production at one of Linde’s existing facilities.

The companies said the project could be operational as early as 2026, with the project ultimately storing up to 15 million tonnes per annum of carbon dioxide as it captures emissions not only from Linde’s facility, but other large industrial facilities in the region.

“Upon completion, the project will capture and store CO2 from Linde’s hydrogen production facilities in the greater Houston area — and potentially from its other Texas facilities — to produce low carbon hydrogen for the region.

“The low carbon hydrogen will be sold to customers along Linde’s hydrogen pipeline network under long-term contracts to enable production of low carbon chemicals and fuels,” the two parties said on Tuesday.

As part of the carbon capture project, BP will appraise, develop and permit the geological storage sites for permanent sequestration of CO2.

The supermajor's trading and shipping business will add “custom low-carbon solutions”, including renewable power and certified natural gas, to the programme.

Linde will use its own proprietary technologies to capture and compress the CO2 from its hydrogen production facilities for the project.

BP America president Dave Lawler said that the past histories of both companies in Texas and their strong supply chains will improve the project’s chances of success.

“In particular, it can help decarbonise hard-to-abate industries for the greatest potential impact on emissions while protecting jobs. BP is proud to support this project as we continue delivering on our own strategy and net zero ambition,” he said.

Linde Gases North America president Dan Yankowski said the proposed carbon capture facility is evidence of the company’s commitment to cutting its carbon emissions by 35% by 2035.

“Capturing the CO2 from our hydrogen production plants in the Houston area will be a significant step towards achieving these goals,” he said.

“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.”

CCS gaining traction

The proposed BP-Linde project is not the first CCS facility planned for the Texas Gulf Coast.

ExxonMobil and 13 other companies announced plans to collaborate on the Houston Ship Channel CCS Innovation Zone that, when fully developed, has the potential to capture about 100 million tpa of CO2 emissions by 2040.

The project was first proposed in April 2021, with ExxonMobil calling for a combined investment of $100 billion from the consortium.

Offshore oil and gas producer Talos Energy’s subsidiary Talos Low Carbon Solution also is developing plans for an 40,000-acre CCS facility off the coast of southeast Texas.

US supermajor Chevron has since joined the project, which could sequester between 225 million and 275 million tonnes of CO2. It would be the first large-scale offshore CCS site in the US.

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