US supermajor ExxonMobil awarded Technip Energies and Saulsbury Industries a contract for the engineering, procurement, and construction of its $400 million expansion at its carbon capture facility in LaBarge, Wyoming.

The expansion will modify the existing gas treatment facility to increase the carbon capture capacity and the installation of pipeline to transport carbon dioxide to the reservoir where it will be stored.

Technip Energies will be responsible for the engineering and procurement services, while the Texas-based Saulsbury Industries will perform construction and the pipeline installation.

“The expansion of carbon capture and storage capacity at LaBarge underscores ExxonMobil’s commitment to advancing lower-emissions technologies with projects around the world,” said ExxonMobil Low Carbon Solutions president Dan Ammann.

“Carbon capture and storage is necessary to help meet society’s net-zero goals and, with the right policies in place, the technology can be broadly deployed immediately," he added.

The expansion will add up to 1.2 million tonnes per annum of captured CO2 to the 6 million to 7 million tpa already captured. Operation of the expanded facility could start as early as 2025, pending regulatory approvals.

ExxonMobil reached a final investment decision for the expansion in February. The Houston-based giant has said it plans to invest $3 billion on lowering emissions through 2025, by which time it plans to reduce the intensity of its oilfield greenhouse gas emissions by 15% to 20% from 2016 levels.

ExxonMobil Low Carbon Solutions is evaluating several other large-scale carbon capture and storage projects in the US Gulf Coast, Europe, and Asia.

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