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The 15mn mt/yr CCS project will collect carbon from Linde's hydrogen production centres, further reducing its carbon footprint.

By Callum Cyrus

BP and Linde have revealed plans to build a 15mn metric tons/year carbon capture and storage (CCS) project in Texas, collecting CO2 from industrial gas company Linde's regional hydrogen production bases.

BP said on May 17 the carbon captured by the CCS facility would equate to the emissions from some 3mn cars. The development is expected to be operational as early as 2026, helping Linde achieve its carbon reduction goal of 35% by 2035, and net zero by 2050.

As part of the initiative, BP will appraise, develop and permit multiple onshore geologic storage sites for permanently containing CO2. The CCS will principally serve Linde's hydrogen infrastructure in the greater Houston area but could also connect to its other Texas-based facilities, enabling production of low carbon chemicals and fuels.

Linde operates two hydrogen pipelines and a storage cavern in the Gulf Coast region. The storage centre could also capture and store CO2 from third party emitters in the area.

BP America's chairman and president Dave Lawler said: "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 decarbonize hard-to-abate industries for the greatest potential impact on emissions while protecting jobs."

BP will leverage the strength of its low carbon value chain to support project delivery. It has earmarked its trading and shipping business to devise custom low carbon solutions, including natural gas supply and renewable power, as well as commodity trading and price risk management.

Houston is also the site of a major CCS collaboration backed by Exxon, Shell and Chevron on the Houston Ship Channel. Early feasibility work to store 50mn mt/yr at the channel is being undertaken, with the possibility of doubling its capacity over 10 years.